Brush and Floss for a Healthy Future

You know that taking care of your teeth and gums is imperative to keep your teeth and gums healthy – but a healthy mouth can may help you avoid many additional, and serious medical disorders.

Researchers have linked gum disease, to an increased risk of serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, and poorly controlled diabetes.

Your mouth is a window into what’s going on in the rest of your body. Doctors often examine the mouth to detect early signs and symptoms of systemic disease — a disease that affects or pertains to your entire body, not just one of its parts. Systemic conditions such as AIDS or diabetes, for example, often first become apparent as mouth lesions or other oral problems. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms.

Practicing good dental hygiene; brushing and flossing at least 2x a day, regular dental check-ups and cleanings, can help you avoid gum disease.

Gum disease is basically a chronic bacterial infection. This bacteria at times can make it’s way into your bloodstream. If you have a healthy immune system, your body will quickly dispense the bacteria, preventing infection. However, if your immune system is weakened, for example because of poor health, disease or cancer treatment, oral bacteria in your bloodstream (bacteremia) may cause you to develop an infection in another part of your body.

A compelling case for good dental hygiene habits

If you didn’t already have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth, teeth and gums, the relationship between your oral health and your overall health provides even more. Practice good oral hygiene every day and come see us at least twice a year.

 

Remember, proper dental hygiene is an investment in your overall health, not just for your immediate health, but also an investment in your future. Your future self will thank you!>

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Scaling? Planing?

Dental scaling is a procedure that removes excessive plaque buildup. A standard 6 month cleaning will clean the surface of the tooth. Scaling takes clean a step further. If we suggest dental scaling and root planing for your teeth, it’s to avoid or treat gum disease because of an excessive buildup of plaque.

Here’s what to expect
Everyone gets plaque buildup. Saliva, bacteria, and proteins in your mouth cover your teeth. Food particles, acids, and sugars stick to the film. This creates plaque. Bacteria live in plaque, causing gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will help remove the plaque and prevent more serious problems.

In a healthy mouth, with healthy gums, gum tissue fits tightly your teeth to keep plaque out. Gum disease loosens gums and you’ll develop pockets. These pockets fill with plaque, worsening your problems and causing symptoms like bad breath, tooth decay and tooth loss.

After we carefully remove plaque bacteria from the tooth’s surface just below the gumline, we may proceed with a procedure known as root planning to reach a little deeper to address the surface of the tooth’s root. This smooths the surface of the root so the gums can reattach properly.

What to Expect Afterwards
Some patients experience swelling and sensitivity for a few days following the procedure. We’ll have you back to examine the gums and make certain that you’re healing properly.

Gum Disease is serious. Think of it as a chronic bacterial infection in your mouth. Studies show that the bacteria found in periodontal disease — including Streptococcus sanguis, which plays a role in strokes– spreads to the heart. Staying ahead of gum disease starts with good daily care.

If you have any questions about Scaling and Planing – give us a call, we’re here to help!
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