One of the most valuable services you can receive from your dentist’s office is a Professional Teeth Cleaning. In the past, you may have thought of this service as “just a cleaning” or simply “polishing teeth”. The truth is, a professional dental cleaning will help you prevent the emergence or growth of dental and systemic diseases.
The mouth is a breeding ground for all types of bacteria and infections; so preventing these problems is very important. Your oral health and the possible development of gum and bone disease are not the only considerations. Your general health is greatly affected as well! Conditions in the mouth can make systemic diseases (diseases that affect the entire body) much worse.
HERE’S WHY A CLEANING IS EVER SO IMPORTANT:
• Studies show that bacterial infection and tissue inflammation are important factors in periodontal (gum and bone) disease. Bacterial byproducts and the inflammation they can cause in the body can also be major factors in the development of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other serious problems. More on the Oral Systemic Connection here.
• Inflammation is the first response of the immune system to injury, infection or irritation. When the body’s immune system senses an infection, a series of reactions begins which are designed to protect the entire body, not just the area directly involved. However, if an infection in the mouth persists, the inflammatory process can never shut down! The body thinks it is under constant attack.
• Periodontal (gum and bone) disease typically begins from bacteria growing around the teeth, causing infection and starting up the body’s inflammatory response. The combined “one-two punch” of bacterial attack plus inflammatory reaction causes destruction of the gum tissues and bone around the teeth.
A professional dental cleaning can be the first step in getting your mouth bacteria under control so that your dental health is protected and your immune system can function normally.
-Dr. Mike Martin, DDS
FROM THE ADA
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People often come into our office for a routine dental check-up and are surprised to hear that they need a treatment such as a filling, root canal or crown. They are surprised because they haven’t felt any pain. “Why do I need this treatment when I feel fine?” The answer is simple. By the time you feel pain, the decay has usually progressed to a more serious level, often causing more damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues and requiring a more involved and expensive procedure.
Credit ~Emil M. Verban, Jr. DDS, Mclean County Dental
This why it is soo important to come in for your routine exam and cleaning. X-rays show us the decay in between your teeth and any infection that may be present.
Call today for an appointment, 417-883-2223.
Tooth decay actually results when bacteria in your mouth feed on food debris and produce acid as a byproduct. Starchy,sweet and sticky foods are a primary culprit. This mix of food, acid, saliva and germs cling to your teeth as a filmy substance called plaque, which can erode tooth enamel and causes cavities to form. No matter what you eat, cavities will not form without the help of such bacteria. These germs can spread from mouth to mouth via shared food, utensils, kissing or even sneezing. Children are more susceptible of catching the bacteria from parents that have a history of decay because children have not built up their immunity yet. The bacteria is less likely to spread from adults because they have built up an immunity. Brushing morning and before bed as well as flossing will help fight tooth decay. Regular cleanings, recommended every six months, can help prevent decay and reduce the levels of cavity causing bacteria in your mouth.