Preventative Dentistry
Hermiston Dental Group has provided dental care for thousands in the surrounding community. With our focus on high quality care using the latest in proven dental technologies Hermiston Dental Group is able to provide high quality dental care in a warm and caring environment.

Dental Cleaning
A dental cleaning is performed by a dentist or hygienist and usually last around 30 minutes. Dental cleanings should include the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth surface, polishing, and if needed, smoothing the root surface and a deep cleaning below the gum line. Dental cleanings should occur every six months to ensure plaque build-up is kept under control. Modern cleanings use a combination of hand and advanced electric scaling tools to increase cleaning effectiveness and efficiency.

Deep Cleaning Gum Treatment
Non-surgical gum treatment may be needed if the periodontium (the foundation of teeth structure, gums, ligaments, and bone) is unhealthy. Signs of an unhealthy periodontium and gum disease include: gums that are red and bleed easily, gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, consistently bad breath, and loose or shifting teeth.

With proper gum treatment the conditions that enable the periodontium to heal may be reestablished. The periodontal treatment may include a root planing deep cleaning, local anesthetic, and antibiotics. Untreated gum disease may lead to more extensive surgeries or tooth extraction.

Many people have narrow grooves in their teeth that are very hard to clean with a toothbrush. In these cases the dentist will clean the tooth surface and use a sealant to seal and smooth the tooth surface so it can be cleaned by brushing. If not treated the grooves may develop tooth decay, eventual lead to a cavity and the need for a filling or more serious corrective procedures.

Summer Slurping Safety
It's easy to rationalize using sports and energy drinks in the heat of summer activities. An energy jolt may boost your game and stores have aisles of drinks to meet that desire. But a recent study shows that such drinks bathe the teeth in acid, rapidly eroding tooth enamel. In a matter of days, you can damage your teeth.

Better alternatives on the playing field or training circuit include chilled herb teas, coconut water, water flavored by mint leaves, and just plain water. All have excellent re-hydrating properties without the sugar, acid, caffeine and artificial ingredients.

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