Oral Hygiene and Cleanings
Cleanings from our dental hygienists differ from your home dental routine of daily brushing and flossing. During your dental cleaning, our team will:
- Remove the plaque that causes gum inflammation and periodontal (gum and bone) disease
- Remove calculus to help prevent gingivitis and bone loss
- Polish your teeth to remove surface stains and plaque for a brighter, healthier smile
Having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis is just as important as flossing and brushing every day. Only a dentist, dental hygienist, or other trained professional can effectively remove the plaque and calculus that can build up and cause gum disease, decay, and tooth loss. Call our Meriden, CT dental practice today to schedule your next appointment and begin improving your oral health!
Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
The team at Hergott Dental Associates is dedicated to improving the health of the gum, bones, and tissues that support the teeth as well as the teeth themselves. We aim to prevent and treat periodontal disease (the loss of gum and bone support) so that you can enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life. Our dental team provides services to help treat periodontal disease, including scaling and root planing, Arestin, and other therapies customized for each individual patient.
When left untreated, periodontal disease has been linked to several dangerous health conditions, including diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. In order to reduce your risk for these diseases, please visit our Meriden, CT dental practice soon so we can prevent periodontal disease and get you back to optimal oral health.
Halitosis (chronic bad breath) is a common ailment. It can be caused by many different factors, including:
- Gingivitis (gum disease)
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal (gum and bone) disease
- Xerostomia (chronic dry mouth)
Our Meriden, CT dentists can help give you fresh breath and a healthy mouth once again. Depending on your individual situation, your treatment may include special at-home care, prescriptions such as oral rinses or pastes, or eliminating unhealthy habits such as alcohol or tobacco us. Bad breath can be cleared up. If you would like to learn more about halitosis treatment, we invite you to call Hergott Dental Associates today to schedule your consultation.
Nightguards and Mouthguards
Mouthguards are custom devices that are designed to protect your teeth and mouth when you are involved in sports or other physical activities. At Hergott Dental Associates in Meriden, CT, we have the ability to create a custom mouthguard (also known as a sport guard or mouth protector) that will fit your mouth comfortably and help prevent damage caused by sports accidents or injuries.
Nightguards are designed to prevent the tooth decay caused by bruxism (night-time teeth grinding). By providing a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, your custom nightguard can effectively help save your teeth from damage and decay. If you are interested in learning more about nightguards, mouthguards, or preventive dentistry, we invite you to contact our office soon. Our friendly, knowledgeable team is always willing to answer your questions.
There are many options for protecting the teeth against tooth decay. One option that we offer is the dental sealant. A sealant is a clear or tooth-colored material that our dentist will apply to the back teeth’s chewing surfaces, where decay occurs the most. By creating a barrier over these chewing surfaces, sealants will effectively block out the germs and food that notoriously cause tooth decay.
Sealants can be effective at any age, but it is recommended to have sealants placed as soon as the back teeth erupt, which usually occurs between the ages of 6 and 12. For more information on dental sealants and preventive dentistry, please call Hergott Dental Associates in Meriden, CT today.
While most permanent teeth that have experienced damage or decay can be restored, there are some instances where a tooth extraction will better improve your oral health than any other treatment. These cases need to be diagnosed by one of our professional dentists; if at all possible, another treatment option will be recommended.
At Hergott Dental Associates in Meriden, CT, we always aim to save your natural teeth. If you notice any pain or discomfort in your teeth or gums, please contact us immediately. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible so we can get you back to optimal oral health.