Derek Dean, DDS, MS
Glen Dean, DDS
Grant Butler, DMD
Ruby Canyon Dental: Grand Junction CO Dentists

Healthy Teeth & Gums for Life

Our team is committed to caring for your smile now and well into the future. We take a comprehensive approach to oral health, combining various aspects of dentistry including preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and periodontal care to help you and your family enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for years to come!

Preventive Treatments

Periodontal Care

Gum Disease and Care - Ruby Canyon Dental

In the United States, it is estimated that 3 out of every 4 adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, usually includes inflamed, bleeding gums that have started moving up and away from the teeth to form pockets. As bacteria accumulates in these pockets, the surrounding gum tissue and underlying bone structures begin to weaken and deteriorate. Left untreated, periodontitis can result in tooth and bone loss.

In the past, gum surgery was the only solution for gum disease — but not anymore! Our doctors have completed advanced training in the treatment of gum disease and can now treat it with less invasive and more effective methods.

Signs Of Gum Disease

Periodontal Treatments

  • Diagnosis of Gum Disease
  • Deep Cleaning including Scaling & Root Planing
  • Appropriate Follow-Up & Maintenance Plans

If the thought of oral surgery has kept you out of your Grand Junction dentist’s office, call us today. Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy mouth, and we want to help keep yours looking and feeling their best.

Proper Brushing - Ruby Canyon Dental

At-Home Dental Care

The best way to prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and other dental issues is by practicing proper at-home dental care. Our doctors will go over proper brushing and flossing techniques (no matter how old you are), so that you can maintain a healthy smile.

Proper Brushing Technique

Our doctors recommend using a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth.

  1. Position the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle where your gums and teeth meet.
  2. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes.
  3. Brush the outside surfaces of your teeth.
  4. Brush between teeth with light pressure.
  5. Brush the inside surfaces of the teeth*.
  6. Brush the biting surfaces of your teeth with short, gentle strokes.

*In order to clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth. Don’t forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.

Change the position of the brush as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. Try to watch yourself in the mirror to make sure you clean each surface. After you are done, rinse vigorously to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing. If you have any pain while brushing or have any questions about how to properly brush your teeth, call the office at 970-241-1313.

We look forward to treating you!

Proper Flossing Technique

Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those hard-to-reach spaces. However, it is important to develop the proper flossing technique to help ensure healthy teeth and gums.

  1. Start with a piece of floss (waxed is easier) about 18" long.
  2. Lightly wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand.
  3. Wrap the rest of the floss around the middle finger of the other hand.
  4. Hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand to clean the upper teeth.
  5. Gently insert the floss between the teeth.
  6. Move the floss back-and-forth between the teeth.
  7. Bring the floss to the gum line.
  8. Curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth.
  9. Slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance.
  10. Move the floss up and down on the side of one tooth.
  11. Continue to floss each side of all the upper teeth.
  12. Turn the floss from one finger to the other if the floss becomes soiled.

To clean between the bottom teeth, you will follow all the directions for flossing the top teeth, but this time you will use the forefingers to guide the floss. And don’t forget to floss the very back of your last molars.

When you are done flossing, rinse vigorously with water to remove plaque and food particles. Do not be alarmed if during the first week of flossing your gums bleed or become a bit sore. After about a week, your gums will heal and the bleeding should stop. You should never force the floss or try to snap it in to place.

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