Oral Hygiene

Prevent and Preserve

Dental Cleaning

Dental cleanings should be done at least twice per year. The oral cavity is the beginning of the digestive system and is one of the most vascular parts of the body. Not only are clean teething an essential part of a beautiful smile, but they are linked to overall systemic health.

Dental cleanings remove dental plaque (a soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (‘calculus’) from the teeth. Cleaning and polishing of the teeth leaves the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them. Dental cleanings prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can occur and the result can be tooth loss. Early detection of periodontal disease reduces the risk of permanent damage to teeth and gums and can prevent more extensive and costly treatment in later years.

We use specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished we may also apply fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen the tooth enamel.

Oral Health

Today’s lifestyle often leaves little time for the daily oral health care routine needed to prevent cavities and periodontal disease, however, good oral health is directly linked to good overall health. There is a direct connection between oral health and systemic diseases.

Bacteria travels from your mouth to other organs of your body, it’s a known fact. Bacteria can easily get into the bloodstream and once there can cause infection and inflammation. This can become a serious risk to the body’s overall health. There are several health problems that may be caused by poor oral health:

  • Cancer – Smoking and tobacco use can lead to throat and oral cancers.
  • Cardiovascular Disease – Bacteria that makes its way into the blood stream can cause arteries to build up plaque and harden. This leads to blood flow problems and even heart blockages.
  • Diabetes – Diabetics are more susceptible to infection, which includes infected gums and periodontal disease.
  • Kidney Disease – Those who have gum disease usually have weakened immune systems and are likely to have more infections, which includes kidney disease.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society reports that people with gum disease are four times more likely to have Rheumatoid Arthritis. The oral bacteria from gingivitis can increase inflammation throughout the whole body.

Taking care of your teeth with allow you to concentrate without painful, aching teeth or gums as well as allowing you a better night’s sleep. Eating a balanced diet and regular dental visits can significantly reduce your risk for gum disease. Good oral health now will help reduce and minimize more serious and costly damage down the road.