Hillside Family Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventative Services

How can we help you?

It's important for you to be involved in your dental care. We can provide the best results when we understand your concerns and goals for a healthier smile. 

That is why we want you to come to us anytime you have a question. You aren't expected to know everything about your oral health, and we encourage you to let us know what's on your mind. No question is too small, and the only silly question is one that goes unasked!

Please take a moment to browse through some of the questions we hear most often. If yours isn't listed here, please don't hesitate to call our office or email us using our convenient online contact form.

Preventative Services

A man who's hiking stands and smiles | root planing Candia NHPlaque is a sticky film that develops on your teeth throughout the day. If you don’t remove plaque thoroughly with good oral hygiene, it collects bacteria that irritate and damage healthy gum tissue. Over time, plaque will turn into a hard substance called tartar. Tartar, also called calculus, can only be removed by a dental hygienist.

Bacteria develop around the teeth and accumulate under the gum tissue. Tissue and bone that support your teeth are gradually destroyed, forming "pockets" between the gums and the teeth. Without treatment, these pockets collect even more bacteria, become deeper, and provide a bigger space for bacteria to live.

Scaling and root planing, also called deep cleaning, is a procedure we use to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. During the scaling part of the process, our hygienist smooths out rough areas of the root surfaces to help stop plaque and tartar from developing and creating a further infection.

The best way to avoid gum disease is by brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting our Candia, NH dental office for professional cleanings. Treating gum disease early can reduce the permanent impact that it has on your oral health.

If it’s time for your next checkup and cleaning, please call our office to make an appointment.

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