National Dental Hygiene Month
Submitted By: Simmonds Dental Center
As part of National Dental Hygiene Month, we asked one of our dental clients, Simmonds Dental Center, to outline why dental hygiene is so important.
October, is National Dental Hygiene month. It is a month recognized to promote the importance of good oral hygiene. We have all heard floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day, but how many people really understand why it is so important ? There are many things that happen in the mouth as a result of poor hygiene, but Gum disease is top of the list because data has told us about 80% of Americans have some form of this serious Disease. That is a staggering figure and it is completely preventable by having good oral hygiene and seeing a hygienist at least every 6 months.
Gum disease symptoms usually start mild and many patients don’t recognize them: red, tender, swollen gums, bleeding when brushing teeth, slight discomfort while chewing hard foods. As the condition progresses, gums recede from teeth and pockets of bacteria form. Bacteria can destroy gum and bone causing tooth and bone loss. Gum disease has been linked to many disorders including heart disease, respiratory problems and links to many other diseases. We would really like to prevent those type of disorders as much as possible.
If however you have been diagnosed with gum disease it is unfortunately incurable, but the dentist along with hygienist can do things to prevent the spread and so that you can save as much gum tissue and bone as possible. Once gum disease sets in, your dentist can often treat it with non-surgical therapy including: Scaling or Root Planing – which is deep-cleaning that involve scraping and removing plaque and tartar from teeth above and below the gum line, laser treatment, to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment Antibiotics – These and other medications are often used together with scaling and root planing to stop the spread of infection and inflammation in the mouth which come in several different forms that range from medicated mouthwashes to antibiotic-containing gels or fibers that are placed in gum pockets to slowly kill bacteria and help gums to heal Surgery – advanced cases may require the care of a periodontist.
Simmonds Dental Center has provided dental care for patients in the Metrowest and surrounding communities for the last 9 years and are happy to have contributed to the robust growth of this area. We know the reservations that some patients have when coming to the dentist, and we aim to soothe their fears and take care of their dental needs in a relaxing environment. We love what we do and overcoming fear is our specialty, as there are few joys more rewarding than seeing a once fearful patient become completely at ease in the chair. If you have any dental concerns like the one described above or just looking for you new dental home please come see us today. Give us a call at (407) 253-3787. (Information on gum disease obtained from Revenue Well Patient Connect 365 2017)
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