Dental Hygiene

If you are searching for a quality hygienist to clean your teeth and care for your gums come visit us at Bettendorf Dental.

You deserve gentle thorough personalized dental hygiene care every time. Our hygienists are proficient with their regular cleanups (prophylaxis) as well as periodontal debridement and root planning/root scaling procedures.

They are enthusiastic and enjoy teaching our patients about brushing, flossing, and other ways to improve home care.

Our Dental Hygiene Program Offers:

  • Prophylaxis (Preventive cleaning)
  • Root Plane/Root Scale Periodontal Maintenance
  • Oral Rinses
  • Home Care Aids
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Home Care Instructions
  • Desensitizing of Teeth
  • Diagnostic Laser

Don’t Wait Until It Hurts!

Periodontal disease is painless. It affects 75% of the population and often victims are unaware. It may also affect your overall health. Did you know that continued research has reported a link between gum disease, diabetes, heart disease and low birth weight babies?

There are warning signs and the American Dental Association and our staff want you to be aware:

  • Are your gums red, swollen, or tender?
  • Are your gums pulling away from your teeth?
  • Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or toothpick between them?
  • Do you have bad breath?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, bring it to the attention of your dentist or dental hygienist at Bettendorf Dental.

Act now and keep your teeth for a lifetime!

Patient Information Following Scaling and Root Planing

1. The purpose of scaling and root planing is to remove all deposits of calculus (tarter) and plaque on the teeth below the gum line and to methodically plane and smoothen the root surfaces. Scaling and root planing helps the gums to reattach to the tooth roots. Oftentimes, this will reduce bleeding of the gums and cause the crevices (pockets) around the teeth to become less deep. This will allow you to better clean these important areas.

2. After scaling and root planing is completed, your anesthetic should wear off in 1 1/2 to 4 hours. You may experience slight discomfort around the teeth for several days and increased sensitivity to hot and cold (sometimes sweets) for up to four to six weeks. This is normal. You should begin to notice improvements in sensitivity within two weeks.

3. There are several things you can do to help reduce or prevent tooth sensitivity and hasten healing following scaling and root planing. These include:

a. Taking over-the-counter pain medication (Tylenol, Advil) for any discomfort.

b. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water today, and maintaining a soft diet for the first 48 hours.

c. Rinsing with warm salt water if your gums are sore and tender; 1 tsp. Salt in one cup of warm water.

d. Brushing and flossing gently today even if your gums are tender. A gentle fluoridated tartar control toothpaste is best. A fluoride gel or rinse may be prescribed as well to help reduce tooth sensitivity.

e. In addition, we may prescribe a chlorhexidine rinse which will help reduce gum inflammation and bleeding by killing the harmful bacteria. Rinse twice daily for 30 seconds, after breakfast and before bed.

4. The benefits of scaling and root planing are many. However, this procedure is sometimes not sufficient to stop the destruction caused by periodontal disease. We will re-evaluate your status in 6 weeks, and again in 3 months. We will then be able to determine if further treatment (surgery, additional scaling, antibiotic therapy, etc.) will be needed to control the disease.

We are conveniently located on Maplecrest Road across from Bettendorf High School, near the Genesis Medical Plaza, and one block east of 18th Street.