Preventative and Hygiene

Comprehensive preventive care includes far more than cleanings, hygiene instructions, and check-ups. During your visits to our office, we perform a thorough assessment of your oral health. Healthy habits are foundational to keeping your teeth for a lifetime and healthy teeth and surrounding tissues are foundational to great overall health. Plus, teeth, gums, and bone around the teeth need to be healthy and clean in order for our dentistry to be successful! The professionals at Oliverie Dental are devoted to the prevention of gum disease in your lifetime, and we offer a full array of hygiene, surgical, and non-surgical periodontal services to help ensure our success. If periodontal disease is detected, we will recommend action to treat the disease aggressively.

Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums that can also affect the bone. Periodontal disease has been called the silent killer for many years in dentistry, and because it can be painless and asymptomatic, patients sometimes don’t even realize they have it. Some of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease are swollen, red, bleeding, receding, or tender gums. Bad breath can also come from the gums. We believe in early diagnosis and treatment of the problem because, once bone loss has occurred, we can’t get it back, and very often teeth are compromised or even lost. If there are areas of concern, we offer you the latest in periodontal therapy techniques.

Gum Disease and Diabetes

People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease, because their bodies are more susceptible to bacterial infections that invade the gums. Fortunately, good preventive care and intensified home care can help prevent gum problems if you do have diabetes.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary heart disease. Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation. Coronary artery disease is characterized by a thickening of the walls of the coronary arteries due to the buildup of fatty proteins. Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow, restricting the amount of nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly. This may lead to heart attacks.

Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease increases plaque build up, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries.

Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions. Patients at risk for infective endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Your periodontist and cardiologist will be able to determine if your heart condition requires use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures.

Gum Disease and Stroke

Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group.

Our in-house dental hygiene services include:

  • Regular professional cleanings
  • Deep cleanings
  • Gum Grafting
  • Gum Lift
  • Patient education, including oral hygiene instructions
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Periodontal charting
  • Digital low radiation x-rays
  • Ultrasonic stain and calculus removal
  • Sealants
  • Breath products
  • Hygiene tools
  • Referral to a periodontist if necessary

If you are concerned about the condition of your gums or have questions about our hygiene or periodontal services, please Contact Oliverie Dental for more information.

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