Routine dental cleaning and gum maintenance is one of the most effective ways to prevent dental diseases. The balance between healthy and unhealthy oral environment is very delicate and can be disturbed easily. These alteration result in overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the mouth, leading to elimination of other important and necessary bacteria. This is called state of to state of bacterial imbalance. Maintaining this balance is necessary for healthy mouth and digestive tract. Additionally, certain foods and drinks that are known to have larger than normal quantity of minerals, plus the naturally found mineral of saliva, further worsen the imbalance by assisting these bacteria to create pathogenic colonies that are known as Plaque and Tartar or Calculus. Plaque and Tartar are directly correlated to development of oral diseases such as, gingivitis, periodontitis, cavities, bad breath, and fungal infection. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to maintain a healthy, biologically balanced environment in the mouth. The most effective way to achieve this by dental cleaning and scaling.
Effective home-care oral hygiene is time consuming, and requires correct manual dexterity and knowledge of dental anatomy. For instance knowing which areas of the teeth are more prone to plaque and tartar build up would help a lot in performance of effective oral hygiene care. Additional factor such as systemic disease such as Sjogren’s syndrome reduce salivary flow. Diet and presence of oral appliances, such as orthodontic retainers or cosmetic appliances such as tongue piercing, can increase the formation and deposition of tartar and speed up the rate of periodontal disease. This means that oral healthcare at home alone in majority of population is ineffective, thereby it must be supplemented with professional dental cleaning and on a routine schedule.
How often should I get a cleaning?
The frequency of cleanings depends on the status and health of teeth and gums. Other factors such as extent and level of home care, presence of any underlying systemic condition such as Diabetes, diet, immune deficiency, and history of gum and periodontal treatment in the past all affect this frequency. At Dental Atelier, we evaluates all these criterion, and recommend a cleaning frequency based on the risk level of a present. For example, if you have been seen a dentist on regular basis, practice good and effective oral hygiene, and are at low risk for periodontal diseases, you will most likely be recommended cleanings every 4-6 month. However, a patient with uncontrolled diabetes, history of periodontal disease, and fair to poor oral hygiene will require cleaning every 3-4 month. In extreme cases of periodontal disease destruction of the support structure of the teeth, referral to periodontist to perform periodontal surgery will be necessary.
What happens on your fist visit?
At Dental Atelier, Our Provider, will perform a thorough examination of every patient which involves taking a full set of x-rays, along with clinical evaluation of gums, and teeth and periodontal health, and medical history of every patient. We makes our recommendation according to criterion for periodontal treatment set forth by American Academy of Periodontology. By doing this, we ensures that every patient will receive the most accurate disease diagnosis, most appropriate treatment plan, and most effective cleaning frequency to maintain healthy periodontal state. We always evaluate and recommend the most cost effective way to treat your gum problems. Whether it is simple dental cleaning, scaling, deep cleaning, or gum surgery, you will be presented with multiple treatment options to choose from. When doing your cleaning, we use magneto strictive ultrasonic scaler, that allow us to perform your dental scaling with minimum post operative pain, sensitivity and swelling.
What's is the role of smoking in gum Disease
Smoking has been directly associated with a multitude of gum and periodontal diseases. Nicotine, and other chemicals present in cigarettes are very harmful to the delicate environment of oral cavity and lead to irreversible degeneration of taste buds, periodontal support of teeth, gum and bone loss, burning of soft tissue covering of the roof of the mouth, and ultimately formation of cancerous soft tissue lesions that are often fatal. the incidence of oral cancer in smokers is 10 times higher than a nonsmoker. The prevalence of oral cancers in individuals who regularly consume alcohol beverages, are increased by several folds. maintaining good oral hygiene in smokes is of paramount importance, especially because dentist and dental hygienist can identify, and diagnose many precancerous lesions and assist in early diagnosis of oral cancer.
Role of E-cigarettes in gum disease
Recent studies have shown that use of E-cigarettes may affect microbial profile of the oral cavity to a state that is unique E-cigarette smokers. These studies have found a nearly 300 genes that were enriched in the oral cavity in e-cigarette users, additionally microbiome of these patients have much greater bio-diversity, this is could certainly have a harmful effects. The long term effect of mentioned genetic changes are still unknown at this time. We know that E-cigarettes results in formation of ulcerative lesions on oral mucosa, and tongue. Individuals using these devices, often suffer from dry mouth which is attributed to degeneration of salivary glands system of the oral cavity and proliferation of harmful bacteria. Cough, mouth and throat irritations have also been reported in 39% in study subjects. Over all, use of electric cigarettes have been shown to be as harmful, if not more, as regular smoking.