A Dental Hygienist Performs Regular Teeth Cleaning for a Happy, Healthy Mouth.
Our team of dental hygienists are passionate about maintaining your oral health. With an emphasis on technologies within the office, designed for enhanced patient care including the use of ultrasonic cavitrons and specialized lasers all to reduce bacteria and maintain such an important aspect of your health. More than just gums and teeth, there is a connection to periodontal bacteria and your overall health and well-being. Prevention is one of the keys to maintaining overall health. We offer convenient hours for early appointments and after school.
Dental Hygiene: Gums and Overall Health
We exercise and watch what we eat to help reduce our risk of heart attack, stroke and certain cancers. In much the same way, we should take good care of our oral (dental) health now to prevent gum disease and tooth loss later.
Why is this so important? The reasons are much more than just cosmetic. While we once believed the worst outcome of gum disease was tooth loss, we now know that oral health matters from head to toe.
Periodontal (gum and bone) disease may be a risk factor for a number of serious health conditions. In recent studies, gum disease has been linked to:
- Heart disease and stroke
- Pneumonia and other respiratory diseases
- Premature, low birth rate deliveries
How is this possible? For those with gum disease, the simple act of brushing the teeth or chewing gum can injure gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. It is believed that these bacteria may travel to other parts of the body.
Oral Cancer Screening Using the VELscope™
We care and we can help. Our practice has purchased the VELscope™ Oral Cancer Screening System. Along with our conventional oral screening exam, which includes looking inside your mouth for any lesions that might be visible to the naked eye and feeling your neck for any suspicious bumps, we can us the VELscope™ to literally see beneath the surface to detect potentially dangerous growths we might have otherwise missed. The exam takes about two minutes as part of your regular hygiene check-up, involves no pain or inconvenience, and is completely safe.