Proper Dental Hygiene plays an important role in your overall health. Multiple studies show the direct correlation between the health of the mouth and the body — the oral-systemic connection. It is not commonly known that many diseases manifest themselves first in the oral cavity. By maintaining your regular cleanings and checkups, we can monitor specific areas of the mouth prone to showing signs of irritation, swelling, or redness.
“Don’t wait until it hurts”, is a good motto we reference here at Seven Star Dental in Cincinnati when it comes to regular dental and cleaning appointments. While daily brushing and flossing at home are important, the accumulation of dental plaque in deeper crevices is inevitable and leads to dental disease when not removed professionally. Patients who have crowns, bridges, or braces especially should not delay scheduling regular cleanings to help maintain those restorations.
A routine cleaning is often called a “prophylaxis”. This basically means a preventative visit to clean the surfaces of the teeth and debris out of the gums surrounding the teeth. Prevention is always less expensive than reparative treatment and often more comfortable. Identifying problems early and catching potential issues can mitigate more complicated problems from occurring.
Nobody wants to lose their teeth, but we also know that, in certain circumstances, it is almost impossible for a patient to clean deeper down into those pockets that surround the teeth. If needed, we may suggest doing a procedure referred to as a scaling and root planing. This is typically done with anesthetic, and we spend a little extra time carefully smoothing out the root surfaces, removing calculus and plaque from the teeth. Once this is done, the tissue may shrink slightly and improve the overall health of the area.