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Regular Dental Appointments for Your Overall Health

October 1, 2020
Posted By: Tiger Family Dental
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Dental Prophylaxis 

Dental prophylaxis commonly called a "Prophy", is when a dental hygienist scales around the gum line and  above to remove biofilm and/or calculus. It is often recommended to have dental prophylaxis two times a year  to maintain overall oral health. At this visit your dental hygienist will provide a screening to check your gum  health. Maintaining your visits will reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and dementia.  

Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning) 

Scaling and root planing also known as a "deep cleaning", is when a dental hygienist scales around and below  the gum line to remove high levels of bacteria and calculus. A deep cleaning is the recommended treatment  when a patient has bone and tissue loss with high levels of inflammation. To effectively treat periodontal  disease your hygienist will use topical and local anesthesia. The overall desired outcome is to reduce  inflammation, stop the progression of the disease and stabilize the periodontal disease. Patients that are  diagnosed with periodontal disease cannot be treated with a prophylaxis. To maintain periodontal disease  after scaling and root planing, it is suggested to return to your dental office for periodontal maintenance  appointments three to four times per year.  

Oral Health Linked to Overall Health 

Do not think of your dental hygiene appointment as "just a cleaning". While you are at your dental  appointment, your dental professional are working hard to keep you at your best by; prophylaxis of your teeth,  checking for cavities, oral cancer screening, educating, and promoting good health habits and choices.  
Poor oral health is linked to many systemic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, and diabetes.  Overtime chronic inflammation, gingivitis, can increase to periodontal disease causing the loss of bone and  tissue lending to early tooth loss. The risk of heart disease can increase by three times with the presence of  periodontal disease. Diabetes increases the risk of periodontal disease, and because of this link, the American  Diabetes Association has listed periodontal disease as the sixth complication of diabetes.  

Periodontal disease is a common disease with little to no alert. Approximately 42% of adults have some form of  periodontal disease. Without the help of your dental professional, periodontal disease goes undetected. One  of the most deceiving traits of periodontal disease is that most people experience no pain unless in the  advanced stages.  

A health mouth starts with a clean mouth. Good brushing and flossing/water piking habits reduce bacteria  that live in our mouths causing the infection and inflammation that can contribute to many diseases. It is  recommended that you see your dental health professional at least two times per year. At these appointments  your hygienist is working to remove build up or tartar that has formed that cannot be brushed off at home.  Prevention is the key to preventing and treating periodontal disease, which will give you a chance at optimal  health. 


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