Regular Dental Cleaning VS Periodontal Maintenance?

perio vs non perioWhat is the difference between a regular routine dental cleaning and a periodontal maintenance cleaning?

Regular Dental cleaning:

A routine cleaning is  performed every 6 months from a professional registered dental hygienist. The patient is present with light to moderate plaque and calculus above the gum line. This cleaning usually includes a routine exam by the doctor to check for cavities, separate appointments must be made afterwards.

Periodontal Maintenance cleaning:

A periodontal maintenance cleaning is performed after a patient has under gone a series of deep scale root planning and curettage from the hygienist.  The patient is then placed on a routine schedule of frequent 3-6 month cleanings, also referred to  as Periodontal Maintenance to maintain the depths of the pockets; which may require the area to be numb to scale the deeper pockets.

If you’re looking for either a regular dental cleaning or periodontal maintenance, contact Bissell Dental today.

What is Periodontal Charting?

Why does the Hygienist call out numbers like 2, 3, 3, 4, 6, and 2 when you’re in for a checkup visit?  Does this mean something or do they not know how to count correctly?

Of course our hygienists know how to count correctly and yes, these numbers do mean something.  The numbers that we’re speaking coincide with periodontal numbers, a way to measure gum tissue health. Otherwise called Periodontal charting, this is a very important aspect in the health of the dental patient.

Periodontal charting essentially measures the where the tissue and the tooth attach. The reason for this is to determine how healthy the gum tissue is around the entire tooth.

A very healthy tooth is 2-3 mm which means that the bone is at a normal and safe level. This means you have good homecare habits and you can stick to your 6 month cleaning schedule with your hygienist.

 Areas that are deeper than 3mm means that you may be at risk for periodontal disease and your cleanings may require a little extra tlc. The periodontal charting is for dental hygienists to keep an accurate record of the depths of your pockets and the health of your gum tissue.

Example 1: Healthy Tissue attachmenthealthy perio charting





Example 2: Periodontal Disease

unhealthy perio charting

4 Simple tips to help you remember to floss | Bissell Dental Group

Are you thinking about the last time you went to the dentist and remembering that dental hygienist’s friendly reminder to floss once a day? Flossing your teeth is one of the oral hygiene steps most commonly forgotten, but there are simple things you can do to stay on that one a day regimen:

1. Give Yourself Variety –

Gone are the days of your only floss option being that waxy tasteless string. Now there are numerous favored flosses, water picks, disposable picks, and floss picks.

2. Keep It Handy –

For those of us constantly on the go, spending 5 minutes on flossing in the bathroom can sound like a chore. Keep your floss or picks in a convenient place like in your car, purse, desk, or bedside table. This way you have easy access to it after lunch, before a meeting, or as you are getting ready for bed.

3. Make It Part of Your Routine –

Wherever you decide to stash some floss make flossing part of your daily routine. If your morning commute has stop lights galore you could floss then. Floss every day after you eat lunch or every night as you get into bed.

4. Create a Reminder –

If the above tips still aren’t working to get you on a regular flossing schedule, create a reminder. Leave a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or set a daily alarm on your cell phone.

For more advice on flossing and other general dental inquiries message us or call the Bissell Dental Office at 303-757-6139. We help Denver feel good about their smile   

Crest Announces 3 Exciting New Toothpaste Flavors

Tired of the same old mint toothpaste flavors available on the market? If you want to spice up your oral health routine, toothpaste brand Crest’s announcement on January 28th is sure to make you smile. Crest is introducing a new line of toothpaste with some rather unique flavors:

– Mint Chocolate Trek
– Lime Spearmint Zest
– Vanilla Mint Spark

Crest Be Toothpastes


It would appear that fun toothpaste flavors are no longer just for kids! Crest’s new toothpaste comes in a whole new line called “Crest Be.” Are these flavors going to peak just your interest or will you actually buy one and try it out? “Crest is always looking at trends to develop products that give consumers a unique yet effective experience,” said Rishi Dhingra, Marketing Director, Procter & Gamble.  

The Crest Be line of toothpaste hits store shelves the first week of February for a retail price of $4.99. Are you going to rush out and buy some chocolate flavored toothpaste or will you let this trend blow over? Let the Bissell Dental team know at your next appointment!

How white will my teeth get after I whiten and how long will it last?

This is a great question, and one we receive frequently. The degree of whiteness you reach from whitening and how long it lasts is different for each person. Everyone’s teeth respond differently to the teeth whitening products.

Some people respond very well and teeth can get up to 3-4 shades lighter after just 5-7days of bleaching or up to 5 shades whiter with one ZOOM in office treatment. Others may not notice as much change. Your teeth will continue to lighten for a couple of days even after you stop a whitening session.

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Additional Factors that can affect your whitening result:

  • There are different strengths of teeth whitening gel which can affect your whitening results. Normally the stronger the whitening compound, the faster and whiter your results will be, however, beware…the stronger the whitening compound the more risk of temporary tooth and gum sensitivity.
  • How often you touch up whiten at home with your trays.
  • Foods you eat. Foods that are dark green like spinach and kale, and foods such as berries, tomato based sauces.
  • Beverages you drink. Dark colored soda, coffee, colored fruit juices, tea, and red wine.

We recommend you stay away from these products for a few days after a whitening session because your teeth are most susceptible to staining right after whitening.

If you are interested in whitening your smile or have questions regarding your options, procedures available or costs, contact Dr. Bissell’s office today, 303-757-6139. We are happy to answer all your questions.