So you have been a patient here for years, or maybe you are a new member of the family, either way, do you know really what happens at your teeth cleaning?
If you’re like most people, the only thing you hear is “cavity” or no cavity. However, so much more than just the evaluation of tooth decay is going on during those cleanings. Besides polishing of the tooth’s surface, here’s what’s really going on while your mouth is open…
A review of medical health history
Gums and oral tissues can be greatly affected by changes in your medications or health and can cause pocketing, dry mouth, or tooth and bone loss.
Blood pressure screening
High blood pressure has been labeled “the silent killer.” People with elevated blood pressure often don’t know until they have suffered a heart attack or stroke. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us.
American Cancer Society Oral Cancer Exam, Soft Tissue and Hard tissue Exam
Who looks in your mouth more than us? Regular cancer screenings check for abnormalities or changes in cheeks, gums, tongue, tonsil, and lining of the mouth. Early detection is the key. In the United States 3 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every hour, that’s 30,000 Americans every year.
Periodontal disease is the #1 leading cause of tooth loss in Americans. Periodontal disease is an infection of gum tissues. We take measurements of 6 sites around the teeth to determine the health of the gum tissue and severity of infection. Early treatment can not only prevent tooth and bone loss, but also save money (and teeth!) in the long run.
Some say that 20% of the population if affected Tempromandibular Disorder (TMD) which affects the tempromandibular joint. Early detection can help alleviate major jaw issues in the future including muscle stiffness, locking of the jaw, and changes in the way your teeth fit together.
Occlusion is the manner in which the upper and lower teeth come together when the mouth is closed. Often referred to at the “bite.” This is super important for not only chewing, but the health of the jaw joint. A healthy bite means a healthy jaw.
It’s not “just a cleaning”
Every time you open your mouth here at out office rest assured we are looking out for you even when you aren’t entirely aware of it. Early detection of of high blood pressure can prevent a heart attack. Early detection of a cavity can prevent a crown. Early detection of periodontal disease can prevent tooth loss and cardiovascular disease. Coming to your regularly scheduled cleanings and exams can spare you unnecessary pain, tooth loss and money with early detection. Do something good for you, let us keep you healthy.
To your health,