There are numerous physical health benefits associated with maintaining a clean and healthy smile. Routine dental cleanings help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and allow Dr. Doray to identify problems in their earliest stages.

In our Philadelphia dental office, a dental cleaning goes way beyond the standard you may be used to. Hygiene visits at Dr. Doray’s office include a comprehensive dental exam and consultation with the dentist. Our hygienists carefully remove plaque from those hard to reach spots and ensure the teeth are clean and healthy along the gum line.

Our hygiene visits include:

  • Professional dental cleaning
  • Dental x-rays
  • Periodontal screening and charting
  • Dental caries (cavities) screening
  • Occlusal analysis to examine the position of the bite
  • Oral cancer screening

Preventing Tooth Decay

It is our goal to help you maintain or improve your oral health. To this end, Dr. Doray uses the latest breakthrough in decay detection. Diagnodent laser technology is designed to detect decay at its earliest stage before it destroys more tooth structure.

Cavities often hide along fissure lines or inside biting surfaces. Microscopic defects in the hard surface of the tooth can allow decay to spread rapidly into the softer tooth structure beneath the surface. Diagnosing with Diagnodent helps us treat disease before it spreads, making treatment easier and more comfortable for you.

Preventing Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, like many diseases, may not be obvious without testing. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels must be measured in order to be evaluated. On every visit, we screen for signs of gum disease, but every few years, we perform a Comprehensive Perio Charting (CPC). During this in-depth exam, we take measurements to assess the depth and health of your gum pockets and each tooth.

Normal gum pocket depth is 1-3 millimeters. Deeper pocketing especially with bleeding is a sign of disease and may indicate additional treatment is needed.

In addition to pocket depths, we look for tooth mobility and gum recession. The data we collect is put into our electronic patient record system and compared to prior examination results to determine if your periodontal health is improving, maintaining or getting worse.

This information, in conjunction with a review of your most recent x-rays, gives Dr. Doray a more accurate assessment of your bone levels. Often with periodontal disease small changes happen over time. If identified early, periodontal disease is more easily managed and the prognosis for your teeth is much better.