Hygiene Services

Dental Hygiene Services at Dr. Kris M. O'Neill

Hygiene

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.

In our office, we utilize many different oral hygiene maintenance programs to help our patients maintain optimal oral hygiene and health.  A major dental concern facing over 50 million Americans is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious chronic bacterial infection that affects the gum and bone supporting the teeth. If this disease is left untreated it can lead to tooth loss. Recent studies have suggested a link between periodontal disease and other health issues including heart disease, diabetes, and pre mature births.

Our team is committed to evaluating your periodontal health as often as we feel needed, and this is completed by a procedure called probing.

Oral Cancer Screenings

When found early, oral cancer patients have a 90% survival rate. Identafi uses white, violet, and green-amber wavelengths of light to excite oral tissue in distinct and unique ways that provides the clinician with more visual information resulting in increased confidence for recommending appropriate treatment.

Small, compact size coupled with an angled examination mirror allows users to easily inspect hard-to-reach areas, such as under the tongue, hard and soft palate, and back of pharynx.

Unsurpassed portability: It's cordless!

As physicians of the mouth, dental professionals are in a unique and important position to help protect their patient from oral cancer. Oral cancer screening is accurate, quick and easy with identafi. http://www.identafi.net

Sealants

Dental Sealants (also termed pit and fissure sealants, or simply fissure sealants) are a dental treatment intended to prevent tooth decay. Teeth have recesses on their biting surfaces; the back teeth have fissures (grooves) and some front teeth have cingulum pits.

Florida Probe

This technology is used by hygienists to allow them to complete dental probing on every patient to access the health of the gingiva and bone. http://www.floridaprobe.com. This tool will aide in identifying signs of periodontal disease. This instrument allows the doctor to diagnose periodontal disease.

Intra Oral Camera

Our Intra oral camera will help with your general check-up. The aid of the wireless Digital Doc intraoral camera is enlisted, magnifying what Dr. O'Neill is looking at on the monitor. Problems such as cavities or a fractured tooth are made easier to diagnose. The patient is also provided with a visual so they can follow along with the Doctors comments. This improves overall communication between Dr. O'Neill and her patients. http://www.digi-doc.com/

 

Many oral health issues can go undetected. Call Dr. Kris M. O'Neill at (803) 988-1070 to make an appointment.