Dental Cleanings and Prevention: Dallas, Texas
Preventative Dentistry involves taking care of your dental hygiene in order to prevent problems in the future. Preventative dentistry usually refers to regular brushing and flossing, but for preventative dentistry to be successful you must follow all of the advice given to you by the dentist or hygienist.
We recommend patients come in for a cleaning based on a customized plan. During your visits for cleaning the hygienist and dentist can assess what needs to be done to protect your teeth from future problems. Our hygienists look for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, grinding, broken teeth or restorations. Depending upon your needs the dentist will determine what course of treatment is best for you. Preventative dentistry may begin in the office, but must be carried out at home.
- Brush at a 45-degree angle toward your gums
- Brush for at least two minutes two to three times a day
- Floss daily, but using a waterpik can also help
- If you use mouthwash make sure that it is alcohol free
- Avoid sugary food and drinks, rinse with water after drinking or eating them
- Have your teeth cleaned as often as your dentist and hygienist suggest
- Use a toothpaste with the least amount of additives
One of the most prevalent problems resulting from lack of proper preventative dentistry is Gum Disease (also known as Periodontal Disease). Periodontal disease is a sickness describing disease around the tooth. Periodontal disease develops as a result of the chronic build-up of high levels of harmful, destructive bacteria under the gums and around the teeth. These bacteria flourish inside the gum pocket that surrounds each tooth, resulting in chronic infection and inflammation and erosion of the jawbone.
The Startling Facts about Gum Disease:
- Gum disease is a primary cause of tooth loss
- 80% of the adult population in the United States exhibits some form of periodontal disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis.
- Only 3% of these Americans seek gum treatment and regular ongoing care
- Periodontal disease is a silent disease. Most often there are no warning signs. It can take many months or even years for symptoms to develop.
- Once the person is aware of symptoms, the disease has usually progressed beyond the early stages.
- Common warning signs of periodontal disease include bleeding, red and swollen gums, receded gums, pain, loose teeth and bad breath.
Gum Disease has effects on your Body
When left untreated, what starts as localized gum infection and inflammation will result in unhealthy consequences in many organs of the body. Bacteria and mediators of inflammation are carried by the blood and move throughout the body. These destructive materials are recognized to be the root of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pregnancy complications, kidney disease, certain cancers, as well as many other conditions and medical diseases.
Oftentimes patients say: “I can’t floss my teeth because they bleed when I floss”, or “I can’t floss or have my teeth cleaned because I have cancer, or because I am pregnant….” Actually the reverse is absolutely and unequivocally true. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to floss, brush, clean your teeth well on a daily basis, and seek regular care for preventive dental cleanings, ESPECIALLY if you have ongoing medical conditions and diseases!
Whether you are already suffering from gum disease or you have a greater interest in preventative dentistry, Cowdin Cosmetic Dentistry can cater to your needs. We treat gum disease through soft tissue therapy and provide customized treatment plans for each patient. Dr. Cowdin and her team are committed and passionate about helping patients achieve not only healthy gums and teeth, but maximizing their overall physical health.