A dental cleaning, every six months, helps to your teeth and gums healthy and could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes. Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, which can result from poor oral hygiene. Did you know that in addition to having a dental cleaning, and looking for problem areas, your dentist and dental hygienist is also screening for oral cancer!
Oral cancer most commonly involves the lips or the tongue but may also occur on the cheek lining, floor of the mouth, gums, and the roof of the mouth. Some oral cancers can spread quickly, so the key is to catch it early! Smoking and other tobacco use are linked to most cases of oral cancer, but did you know that heavy alcohol use can also increase your risk for oral cancer. Men, especially men older than 40, get oral cancer twice as often as women do. Call today to check for oral cancer!
Periodontal Disease, or Gum Disease, is an infection in the gum tissue and/or bone. Did you know that without healthy gum tissue and bone your teeth may become loose and fall out; it is still the leading cause of adult tooth loss, today. If gum disease is diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed! If treatment is not received the more serious and advanced stages of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings, flossing daily, and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease. Call today to schedule a cleaning!
Gum Disease is detected, the doctor and hygienist may suggest to treat your gums with an antibiotic, called Arestin. Arestin is recommended in order to obtain the best possible results and to get your gums back to a more healthy state.
Your dentist and hygienist will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available. Your dental hygienist will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by visual examination and comparing your newest dental check up to your previous dental check ups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene she will help put you back on the right path.
Lastly, Did you know that your dental hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains? During your cleaning, your hygienist will polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile! Call today to have a brighter smile!
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