Cleanings & Prevention

Cleanings & Prevention in St. Louis

There’s nothing more valuable than a healthy, natural smile. At the office of John C G'Sell D.D.S., M.A.G.D., we provide expert preventive services to help you protect your teeth and gums before significant problems arise. From thorough dental exams to first-rate cleanings and periodontics, we’ll take every step to help you preserve your natural smile for a lifetime.

Want to find out more about our preventive care? Contact us to schedule your visit today!


How Preventive Dentistry Protects Your Oral Health

A beautiful, healthy smile does not just come naturally. It takes work to keep your smile looking great and your oral health at its best. However, no matter your age, brushing, and flossing alone is not enough to protect your smile.

Preventive dentistry is the proactive approach of caring for your teeth to keep them strong, clean, and healthy. It helps you avoid cavities, enamel wear, and gum disease that can jeopardize your oral health.

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Some of our preventive services include:

Preventive dentistry may not completely remove the need for a future filling, root canal therapy, or other treatment. However, it can reduce the likelihood of early tooth loss or expensive procedures by catching problems early.

Why Your Oral Health Matters

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The earlier you begin to develop good daily habits, the better your oral health will be throughout your lifetime. It is essential to teach children proper brushing techniques as soon as they are old enough to brush their teeth on their own. Preventive care is also crucial for older adults even if they no longer have their natural teeth or wear dentures.

Research has shown that there is a systemic link between oral health and overall health. Having periodontal disease could increase the risk of developing serious health conditions. Be sure to talk to Dr. G’Sell to learn more about this potential health risk, especially if you already have or are predisposed to heart disease, respiratory conditions, or diabetes.

Dental Exams in St. Louis

Dental exams are an important part of preventive dentistry, no matter how often or how well you brush and floss your teeth. If you have been lax with your preventive care, having a dental exam and professional cleaning can help get you back on track with your oral health care.

We recommend a regular dental exam and professional cleaning every six months. This will allow our team to detect changes in your oral health early. If you have a history of gum disease or have advancing symptoms, we may advise that you increase your visits to every three months to keep the condition from worsening or recurring.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Routine dental exams will include an oral cancer screening, searching for signs of oral cancer in your mouth and surrounding tissues. This can help find mouth cancer at its earliest stages when the success rate for treatment is much higher.

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An oral cancer screening is especially important for patients who have a higher risk for this type of cancer. Talk to Dr. G’Sell about your risks if you:

  • Smoke or use other forms of tobacco
  • Engage in heavy alcohol use
  • Have a higher risk of lip cancer because they spend a lot of time in the sun
  • Have previously been diagnosed with oral cancer

Gingival Pocket Exam

A gingival pocket exam is an important screening used to detect gum disease. A small dental instrument called a periodontal probe is used to measure the pocket between the teeth and gums. The pocket should have a depth of three millimeters or less to be considered healthy. Our professional dentist or hygienist will also look for signs of bleeding, gum inflammation, and loose teeth.

Dental Cleanings in St. Louis

A professional dental cleaning is essential for your oral health. Our cleanings are designed to be gentle, caring, and beneficial for all ages.

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During a dental cleaning, our dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar where it has accumulated. Tartar can build up due to poor oral hygiene or because it is in areas that are not easily reached with brushing or flushing. Once the cleaning is complete, we polish your teeth to smooth out your enamel. Polishing can remove surface stains as well, making your smile look fresh and bright.

If you have not been to the dentist for a long time, or you are already showing signs of gum disease, you may need a deep cleaning. A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a more intensive treatment that involves cleaning the gums and teeth beneath the gum line. Plaque, tartar, and other toxins will be removed from below the gum line. The roots will then be smoothed to prevent tartar and bacteria from returning.

Dr. G’Sell takes the time to help you understand your oral health, what your treatment options are, and what is likely to provide you with the best results. We don’t push patients toward specific treatments but answer questions and provide information so that you can make a confident decision about what kind of care is right for you.

Gum Disease Prevention & Treatment

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Gum disease, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other serious oral health problems. Dr. G’Sell will discuss treatment options and the next steps to protect or restore your gums. If left untreated, gum disease will damage the supporting structures of your teeth, including the gums. This often leads to tooth loss since the teeth no longer have the support they need. Furthermore, you won’t be able to replace missing teeth with dental implants without first resolving the gum disease and restoring the damage done to supporting structures.

The treatments for gum disease will vary according to the stage of the disease. Some of our treatments include:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Laser gum procedures
  • Gum or bone grafts
  • Pocket reduction surgery
  • Ridge modifications
  • Sinus augmentation
  • Root amputation
  • Extractions

Maintenance Cleanings & Aftercare

During and after the successful treatment of gum disease, Dr. G’Sell may recommend more frequent dental exams and cleanings. This can help control future re-infection and prevent tooth loss. Since gums that have had previous infections are more prone to relapse, careful monitoring is key to ensuring the long-term health of your gums.

Keeping Your Smile Healthy at Home

You can help keep your smile healthy by practicing good oral hygiene habits at home between appointments. Proper hygiene includes regular daily brushing at least twice a day, preferably after meals, and flossing at least once daily. Rinsing your mouth with water when you can’t immediately brush after a meal will also help to reduce the buildup of plaque and decay.

5 Easy Steps for Caring for Your Teeth

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Providing proper care for your teeth and your oral health is not very difficult if you remember these easy steps:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  3. Avoid drinking sugary or acidic beverages.
  4. Drink water between your meals.
  5. See Dr. G’Sell every six months for a preventive dental checkup and professional cleaning.

Dr. G’Sell or your dental hygienist may recommend the use of other dental aids if needed, including irrigation devices, medicated rinses, fluoride, etc. Be sure to ask our experienced team for the best tips to help you protect your unique smile.

Visit Our St. Louis Dental Office Today!

John C G'Sell D.D.S., M.A.G.D. and his dedicated staff are passionate about protecting smiles across St. Louis. Whether you need care for yourself or a loved one, we provide attentive and personalized service for all ages. Get started on maintaining your oral health and smile by scheduling an appointment today. Your smile will thank you for it!


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