Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Care

Dental hygiene care is the cornerstone of maintaining a healthy smile. Our comprehensive dental hygiene services include professional teeth cleanings to remove plaque and calculus buildup - which occur at individualized intervals based on your dental and overall health, and non-surgical periodontal therapy.  We provide thorough examinations, including oral cancer screenings, to detect any signs of oral health issues early on. Our hygienists will also offer personalized advice on brushing and cleaning in between your teeth, as well as guidance on any dietary considerations that may impact the health of your mouth.


Things you may encounter during a Dental Hygiene Appointment:

Detailed medical history review:

We review your medical history before and during every appointment. It is essential for your safety and optimal care that we have a complete medical history at all dental visits. Many medical conditions, medications, over the counter supplements, and recreational drugs have dental implications including considerations for choice of local anesthesia.


Blood pressure screening:

We take blood pressure as a part of a routine screening process to assess your overall health, ensure your safety during procedures, and facilitate delivery of comprehensive and individualized care at our office. Hypertension may affect treatment outcomes or pose risks during certain procedures. Many people see their dental care providers more often than their primary care providers, so this is also a great way to alert them to any underlying conditions that should be addressed with other healthcare providers.


Periodontal probing:

A diagnostic procedure used to assess the health of your gums and supporting structures of your teeth. A periodontal probe, which is a thin, calibrated instrument, is inserted between your teeth and gums. In health, this space is called the sulcus, and when disease is present it is called a periodontal pocket.  Deeper pockets may indicate gum inflammation, infection, or bone loss. Probing at regular intervals helps us identify and monitor your periodontal health. During this process, you may notice your dental hygienist or doctor writing, entering something into the computer, or calling out numbers. Complete periodontal probing includes multiple assessments - pocket depth, recession, tooth mobility, bleeding, and more! Depending on your individual circumstance, this may be a shorter or longer process. In combination with clinical and x-ray assessment a diagnosis and treatment plan will be made if indicated. 


Digital x-rays:

Our office uses low-radiation digital x-rays. We have x-ray units in every treatment room and have multiple positioning devices available to help take the perfect image.


Fluoride varnish application:

Fluoride varnish has multiple uses. Many people know it for its anti-cavity properties, but it is FDA approved for treatment of dental hypersensitivity. If you are at high risk for decay (have many dental restoration, frequently develop decay, have a dry mouth..etc), or have teeth that are sensitive to cold we can apply fluoride varnish to help you!


Deep cleaning (non-surgical periodontal therapy):

For those patients with a diagnosis of active periodontal disease, a deep cleaning may be indicated. A deep cleaning may also be referred to as non-surgical periodontal therapy, or scaling and root planing. This procedure is split into multiple longer appointments in which the part of your mouth being treated is anesthetized so that we are able to remove deposits deep below the gums. After this procedure it is essential that you return for more frequent cleanings - usually every three months.


Localized antimicrobial placement:

In some instances periodontal pockets may be treated with localized anti-microbials, such as Arestin. This is a quick procedure that takes place after your cleaning,  in which you will feel some mild pressure as a blunt syringe loaded with antibiotics is placed into periodontal pockets.

2023

Specializing in Prosthodontics and General Dentistry
815 Livingston Avenue | New Brunswick NJ, 08901
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(732) 249-6386

2022

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Bloom & Bloom, DMDs

Monday

8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday

7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Saturday

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Bloom & Bloom, DMDs

Monday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday
Closed