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Why an Appointment With Your Dental Hygienist is More Important Than Ever!

Why an Appointment With Your Dental Hygienist is More Important Than Ever!

Dentist and patient in protective gear We are happy to announce that our office is re-opened and ready to schedule any overdue dental care that you, or your family needs, or may have postponed because of Covid-19 concerns. Excellent dental care can improve immunity and protect your overall health, and that has never been more important than it is now. Our dental hygienists can help you maintain regularly scheduled cleanings and optimize a homecare plan that is right for you.

Proactive and Preventative Plan

Having a proactive and preventative plan to manage your dental health should include regularly scheduled appointments with your dental hygienist. Making the commitment to having your teeth cleaned, and an examination by the dentist ensures that we can monitor your teeth and gums before bacteria and disease lead to bigger health concerns, and potentially expensive corrective procedures. Tooth decay, which can lead to cavities, or painful places on your teeth where the protective enamel is eaten away exposing the tooth’s root. Once a cavity has formed, you may experience pain and discomfort in that part of your mouth, however, cavities may not have any symptoms until after significant damage has been done to the tooth. This is why regular visits are so important. Early signs of tooth decay are easier to treat than advanced cases.

Periodontitis/Gum Disease

According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. This equals approximately 64.7 million Americans. Gum disease, which can be mild and practically unnoticeable in the early stages, can lead to much more severe problems if untreated. It may cause loss of teeth, infections, and compromise your immunity.

before and after of person with plaque in their teeth

This disease can also have serious complications beyond just your teeth and gums. Research has shown that periodontal disease is linked to other health problems including heart complications, strokes, diabetes complications, and respiratory issues. Once you have the disease, it cannot be cured only managed. It is important to work with the dentist to develop a “perio-maintenance plan” that is right for your condition. This will include more frequent cleanings, and a more intensive technique called “scaling and root planing” to remove destructive bacteria that cause the disease to progress.

Good dental health is a result of the combination of proper daily maintenance and routinely scheduled hygiene appointments. Your home care regime of brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to our office contribute to long lasting overall health, and a lifelong beautiful smile! If you are overdue for a visit please let us know! We have re-opened the office in compliance with all the latest recommended PPE and infection control measures to keep you and your family members safe in your appointments. As always, we welcome new patients of all ages and look forward to seeing you very soon!