The dental hygienists at The Medical Center Dental Group are trained to provide you with state-of-the-art care. In addition to their required college curriculum, they have all participated in extensive continuing education courses given at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for advanced dental studies. This prestigious institution was recently featured on the television show, Extreme Makeover. Furthermore, our hygienists' focus is on a philosophy created by the JP Consultant Institute. This is known as "Evolutionary Hygiene".
What is "Evolutionary Hygiene"?
"Evolutionary Hygiene" is a systematic and non-surgical approach to treating periodontal disease in any stage. We design individualized treatment plans for our patients to reach the optimum gingival health. Studies show that repetitive therapeutic therapy is the best method to treat any stage of gum disease. However, in more involved conditions, some patients may need a more surgical approach to address their periodontal infection. We then would treat the case with laser periodontal therapy or refer to a gum specialist. (See the laser periodontics portion of our website for more information)
What should I expect at my first dental hygiene visit?
Many new patients that enter into our office need more than "just a cleaning". At a typical dental hygiene visit, you can expect us to do several things that include the following:
- Perform a thorough gum and periodontal evaluation.
- Screen for decay with x-rays and the diagnodent (our cavity detecting laser).
- Effectively and comfortably clean your teeth with hand and/or microsonic scaling instruments.
- Polish superficial stain, floss, and apply a fluoride treatment to protect enamel.
- Instruct you on how to care for your teeth and gums at home.
- Determine frequency of visits and if repetitive therapy is needed to treat periodontal infection.
What is repetitive therapy?
Our hygienists have found that repetitive therapy is the best way to approach bacteria and infection in your mouth. This treatment method removes the toxins to allow the gums to heal. Furthermore, it helps to prevent further destruction of the bone that supports the teeth. If the hygienist and doctor determine you are in an active state of periodontal infection, they may recommend a series of appointments to treat your specific condition. We call this periodontal therapy or repetitive therapy.
Cosmetic Dentistry is a specialized field that requires extensive knowledge and experience to be done correctly. The Medical Center Dental Group in Houston, Texas brings all of that and more to the direct benefit of each and every patient we treat. Although we are located in the world famous Houston Medical Center at Scurlock Towers, we routinely see dental patients who travel from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Beaumont and Midland Texas to see Dr. Dale Brant, Dr. Charles Campbell or Dr. Elizabeth OSullivan-Winslow for their cosmetic denistry services.