Maintaining Your Oral Hygiene
Protect Your Smile and Body With Oral Hygiene
Many people realize that maintaining their dental health is key to keeping a beautiful, glowing smile. But good dental health isn’t just important to improving your external appearance.
Excellent oral health also contributes to your body’s internal health.
Did you realize that several chronic and life-threatening illnesses are linked to poor oral health including heart inflammation, dementia, and diabetes complications?
Having a routine dental screening is a small, beneficial investment to help you stay physically healthy. Schedule your routine dental appointments at Serene Dentistry today! Our dental treatments will help you achieve optimal oral health.
According to the American Dental Association, children and adults should receive routine dental screenings and cleanings at least every six months.
Here at Serene Dentistry, Dr. Jay and our team of dental professionals will assess your oral health during your examination. We’ll check the health of your teeth, gums, bones and surrounding tissues. It is our goal to ensure we partners in your oral health.
Dr. Jay is committed to taking the time to understand your goals and what’s most important about the dental care you receive. We address any concerns you may have and discuss an effective plan for any treatment recommendations you may need.
What can I expect during my dental exam?
- Dental decay assessment: We use the latest in dental technology for precision diagnosis and evaluations of tooth decay.
- Dental imaging: After a visual examination, we’ll take digital radiographs and intraoral imagines to find underlying issues. They’ll help us identify cavities, decay, damage, bone loss, and infection.
- Identifying damaged teeth: If you have any cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. We’ll provide treatments recommendations, such as dental fillings, crowns, and other procedures to restore your teeth.
- Intraoral examination: Our team of dental professionals will evaluate the health of your oral tissue including gums, tongue, lips, and cheeks
- TMJ assessment: Health problems can develop from misaligned teeth, excess muscle tension, and trauma. TMJ issues can cause headaches, earaches, mouth soreness, and jaw pain, which can create damage to your teeth and jawbone.
- Oral cancer screening: We will take the time to evaluate your oral tissue, gums, tongue, lymph nodes and review the oral cancer risks factors such as tobacco and alcohol use.
Dr. J is a wonderful dentist! She is patient, understanding, and extremely kind. Her advice is invaluable in preventing future issues and I trust her implicitly. Dr. J is a proficient and skilled dentist. I highly recommend this practice. Everyone is friendly and helpful!
Gerald F., Actual Patient
What is a dental cleaning?
Regular brushing and flossing is the foundation for maintaining a healthy smile. Professional teeth cleaning from Serene Dentistry is recommended at least every six months. Our dental hygienists have advanced education and training to remove harmful bacteria, plaque and tartar buildup from hard to reach places between the teeth and gums.
Keeping your recommended cleaning appointments will help prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. The cleaning process will also reduce the amount of C-reactive protein in your body. Researchers link C-reactive proteins to inflammation within the body.
Why are routine dental cleanings important?
Your mouth is essential to your physical health. Poor dental health can introduce bacteria that can cause harmful systemic diseases. Medical research links to heart disease, dementia, and other ailments to poor oral health.
In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth every single day, maintain a balanced diet to keep your healthy smile. Avoid excessive carbohydrates in foods, sugary drinks, and sweet snacks that provide nutrients to harmful bacteria. If left untreated, the bacteria can grow to cause cavities, other serious diseases.
How often should you brush your teeth?
Bacteria can form plaque around your teeth within 20 minutes of eating. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time. Frequent eaters should clean their teeth more than twice a day.
What are the proper brushing techniques?
- Brush your teeth using soft-bristled brushes.
- The amount of toothpaste used should be the size of a pea
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle in your mouth, toward the gumline
- Use small gentle circular strokes to brush.
- Brush the inner surfaces, outer surfaces, chewing surfaces, back s of your teeth, and along the gumline
- Brush for a minimum of 2 minutes.
- Brush your tongue to remove food particles & bacteria
What are the proper flossing techniques?
- Wind floss: Hold floss between your thumb and index finger with about 2 inches of floss between to work with.
- Guide floss: Slip floss gentle up between teeth, never snap or use force. Guide floss using your finger to curve around the teeth, starting at the base, going beneath the gum line. Never force the floss
- Flossing motion: Loosen food and debris between your teeth by moving the floss up & down the tooth
- Remove the floss: Gentle use back and forth motion as you move the floss down the tooth
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection in the gum tissue, which can have many detrimental effects on your overall health, a fact that many people forget. The American Dental Academy and the American Heart Association have linked periodontal disease health issues, including heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the mildest most common form of periodontal disease. The ailment causes gums to swell and bleed easily. Poor oral hygiene is typically the cause.
Patients can reverse gingivitis with routine dental checkups and cleanings along with proper home care.
Contributing factors to gingivitis include:
- Systematic disease
- Poor nutrition
- Medication use
What is periodontitis?
Periodontal means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is an infection that impacts the gums and bone supporting the teeth.
Untreated gingivitis leads to periodontitis. The disease process starts with cavity-causing bacteria growth at the gumline. Toxins produced by bacteria cause inflammation. The chronic inflammation causes the body to attack itself. Teeth are broken down and destroyed, along with gum tissue and bone. Careful cleaning of the root surfaces beneath the gum line is required to remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets and eliminate bacterial toxins.
Contact Us Today To Schedule Your Hygiene Appointment
Preventative care is an integral part of our practice, and we take pride in the care and education we provide our patients. Dr. Jay and her highly trained professional team offer oral hygiene care for the entire family.