Benefits of Regular Dental Check-ups & Cleanings

Post by: Gerarda on 03 Apr 2023

 

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can provide a number of benefits for your oral health including:

1. Detection and prevention of oral diseases such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer, at an early stage.

2. Early detection of tooth decay: Regular check-ups allow the dentist to detect tooth decay early, which can then be treated before it becomes a much bigger job.

3. Professional teeth cleaning: A dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar that can build up on your teeth and gums, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

4. Fresher breath: A dental cleaning can help to improve bad breath.

5. Maintaining overall health: Dental health is linked to overall health. Many systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes are thought to be due to the bacteria and inflammation present in the mouth that can enter the bloodstream; so, it is important to maintain a healthy oral cavity.

6. Save money: By catching oral health issues early, it can be treated before it becomes a bigger problem which can save you money in the long run.

Schedule a dental appointment today.

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Posted on Monday 3rd April 2023 at 3:06 pm

Is Visiting Your Dentist Regularly Important

Post by: Gerarda on 19 Jul 2022

The short answer to that is a resounding, yes. Visiting your dentist regularly is important for maintaining good oral health. Not everyone though needs a 6-month visit. If you brush at least twice a day and floss regularly on a daily basis, then chances are you only need to see your dentist once a year. Once a year is a regular visit, as long as you are consistent.

Regular dental check-ups can help prevent problems such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss, and can also detect early signs of other health issues.

At times you will hear Dr. Mikael recommend that you visit every six months, and sometimes more frequently. That is for patients who have acute problems that need attention more frequently, until the problem is under control. The patient can then have dental check-ups / dental examinations at longer intervals.

The important thing to remember is to be consistent in your visits.

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Posted on Tuesday 19th July 2022 at 1:15 pm

Regular Dental Checkups

Post by: Gerarda on 31 Jan 2022

Regular dental check-ups are a vital part of maintaining good oral health. These appointments with your dentist allow for early detection and treatment of any issues before they become serious problems. During a check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues. They may also take X-rays to get a better look at the health of your teeth and jaws.

It’s recommended that you visit your dentist for a check-up regularly. If you have specific oral health concerns or a history of health problems, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits. Regular dental check-ups can save you time, money, and discomfort in the long run, and they’re a great opportunity to ask your dentist any questions you may have about your oral health.

Regular dental check-ups are a crucial aspect of maintaining good oral health and preventing future problems. Don’t neglect your oral health, book your appointment today!

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Posted on Monday 31st January 2022 at 4:22 pm

Link Between Gum Disease and Systemic Conditions

Post by: Gerarda on 11 Jan 2022

Many of the patients who sit in our chair suffer from some form of gum disease. Some of those patients may also have an increased risk for developing, or may already have a systemic condition. A systemic condition is one that affects the entire body and not just a particular organ or body part. For example, systemic conditions can be high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, kidney disease, anemia or bleeding disorders to name a few. Most likely patients are unaware that there is a link between gum disease and systemic conditions and this article will address this.

Gum disease is prevalent among many adult patients. The World Health Organization Europe (WHO) has found that severe periodontal (gum) disease can be found in 5–20% of middle-aged (35–44 years) adults and up to 40% of older individuals (65–74 years). Gum disease is also a major contributor to the loss of natural teeth. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the U.S. approx. 47% of adults over 30 years old have gum disease, as well as 70% of adults over the age of 65. It is not just a European phenomenon.

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Surgeon General has recognized the link between periodontal disease and other systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes; additionally, it found an increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Research conducted by The American Dental Association (ADA) likewise found a link between gum disease and serious systemic health conditions. They say their data is clear and suggests two possible explanations1:

  1. Chronic inflammation in the oral cavity could increase bloodstream inflammatory markers that affect the patient’s immune response or increase the patient’s burden of inflammation.
  2. The oral cavity collects pathogenic bacteria that infiltrate the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body or systemic pathologies.

The American Dental Association (ADA) also suggests that gum disease and other conditions share common factors such as poor diet and smoking that increase the risk for disease. To date though no research has provided a direct link to the cause between gum disease and systemic health conditions. Neither have they proven that if a person receives treatment for gum disease that it will avert any health condition or prevent any progression of systemic conditions.2

The importance of good oral hygiene at home cannot be understated, but in conjunction with ending your smoking habit, exercising on a daily basis along with a balanced diet. This will not only keep your teeth healthy, but could have a major impact on your body as a whole.

 

References

  1. Eke PI, Dye BA, Wei L, Thornton-Evans GO, Genco RJ. Prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010. J Dent Res. 2012;91(10):914 -920. doi:10.1177/00220345124573732.
  2. Oral-systemic health. American Dental Association. September 23, 2019. Accessed January 3, 2022. https://www.ada.org/resources/research/science-and-research-institute/oral-health-topics/oral-systemic-health

6 Reasons Why Brushing Your Teeth is Essential

Post by: Gerarda on 21 May 2019

  1. Prevents Gum Disease – While poor oral hygiene, no regular trips to your dentist and genetics play a role in gum disease, so does non-existent brushing or insufficient brushing. If you´ve had a meal or a snack and have not brushed or flossed or at least rinsed your mouth then there will be leftover food deposits in your mouth. As a consequence those food deposits encourage bacteria which harden and become plaque. This can be seen as a white or yellowish substance at the gum line or between the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque irritates the gums and causes inflammation and the gums bleed when you brush. This is also known as gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease. The solution? Brush at least two or three times a day (three is ideal) to prevent plaque building up in the first place. And floss.
  2. Removes Stains on Teeth   The best way to do that is to have a good toothbrush and gentle toothpaste that you use at least twice a day. A soft toothbrush to be exact. For stains from coffee, red wine, ketchup and other teeth staining foods your toothbrush is your best defence.
  3. Maintains Fresh Breath As the remains of your meal accumulate, subsequent bacteria in the mouth are going to accumulate as well. This results in bad breath or halitosis. To prevent bacteria from building up, brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day. If you cannot brush after eating then rinse your mouth to help prevent food from becoming trapped between teeth.
  4. Reduces Chance of Major Illnesses – Just as a prolonged plaque build-up on teeth causes gum disease, a plaque build-up in the arteries causes a heart attack or stroke. Are they the same plaque? No, but according to the Mayo Clinic there may be a link between infected gums (gingivitis) and infected heart tissue (endocarditis). Nevertheless, as researchers do not until now understand the link, just that there is one, it is best to play it safe and treat one condition knowing that it may benefit you in treating another.
  5. Pregnancy – Changes in hormones cause greater gum sensitivity, therefore, pregnant women are more susceptible to gingivitis.
  6. Saves Money – If you ever wonder if you are brushing your teeth correctly, have your dentist explain the proper brushing technique. Being proactive by brushing and visiting your dentist regularly can result in having lower dental bills as your dentist knows what is happening in your mouth and will inform you of any changes.
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Posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 9:07 am