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Office Location & Hours:
1568 Creekside Drive, Suite 202
Folsom, CA 95630
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|Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am -
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
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preventative dental procedures include:
comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Maddox at
your initial dental appointment. Regular visits include:
- Examination of x-rays:
Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone
loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Oral cancer screening:
the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for
any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation:
the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of
- Examination of tooth
tooth surfaces will be checked for decay.
- Examination of existing
current fillings, crowns, etc.
Professional Dental Cleaning
- Removal of calculus
is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some
time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.
Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be
removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque:
is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.
It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and
saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame
the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal
- Teeth polishing:
Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during
tooth brushing and scaling.
Brushing your teeth after
meals and between-meal snacks not only gets rid of food
particles, it removes plaque, the sticky film that forms on
teeth. Using a fluoride toothpaste is also important because the
fluoride reduces bacteria levels, as well as remineralizes tooth
surfaces, making them stronger.
A brush with soft,
end-rounded or polished bristles is less likely to injure gum
tissue or damage the tooth surface. The size, shape and angle of
the brush should allow you to reach every tooth. Children need
smaller brushes than those designed for adults. Remember:
worn-out toothbrushes can not properly clean your teeth and may
injure your gums. Toothbrushes should be replaced every few
months or when the bristles show signs of wear.
For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush canít reach,
dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental
floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach
below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important
to floss between your teeth every day.
Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends
of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss
between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food
particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers
as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end
when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.
Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before
you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may
bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first
few times, let a staff member know at your next appointment.
Scaling and root planing is the most
common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal (gum)
disease. Scaling is the
removal of calculus (commonly called tartar) and plaque that
attach to the tooth surfaces. The process especially targets the
area below the gum line, along the root.
Plaque is a
sticky substance, full of bacteria, that forms on teeth. When
plaque hardens over time, it is called calculus. Plaque is more
likely to stick to rough surfaces. For this reason, the root
surface is made smooth in a process called root planing. Root
planing removes any remaining calculus and smoothes irregular
areas of the root surface.
cause periodontal disease. Plaque and calculus provide an
irregular surface that allows these bacteria to attach easily.
Scaling and root planing are done to remove the plaque and
calculus. For early stages of the disease, this treatment may be
all that is needed to get the condition under control. This is
especially effective with gingivitis. With more advanced
disease, scaling and root planing may be the first step before
patients, scaling and root planing can cause discomfort. A local
anesthetic may be used to numb the portion of your mouth that is
being worked on.