The Importance of Oral Hygiene
Daily oral hygiene is important not only for the health of your mouth but for your whole body wellness. Diseases that begin in your mouth can spread to your body and lead to significant health issues. That’s why it’s important to keep up with daily brushing and flossing.
But even the best of us can have difficulty cleaning every area of our mouths thoroughly. It’s easy to miss spots that can develop into cavities, after all. Regular exams and cleanings at our dental office can ensure your teeth are sparkling, clean, and without decay.
Your Regular Dental Visits
At your regular dental cleaning, called a hygiene visit, Dr. Cederbaum and our team can provide benefits that you can’t receive with at-home care. Our cleanings are thorough yet gentle, but if you have anxiety or extra sensitive teeth we can also provide sedation.
Your dental hygienist will make sure to clear the plaque and tartar off of your teeth so it won’t develop into decay, and Dr. Cederbaum will perform an examination of your oral health. She’ll check to see if you have any cavities or areas of concern.
If you do have a cavity, we can schedule an appointment for Dr. Cederbaum to place a filling. She’ll clean out the decay and the filling will protect your tooth from further decay.
Oral Cancer Screening
During your regular examination, Dr. Cederbaum may also conduct an oral cancer screening. This screening is quick and noninvasive but can catch signs of this deadly disease at a time when it’s easier to treat.
Deep Cleanings: Periodontal Treatment
Cavities are what we call decay when it affects your teeth — but when your gums are diseased, it’s called periodontal disease. The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, in which you may notice your gums feeling sensitive and bleeding. But this stage is easily reversible.
Once gingivitis progresses into periodontal disease, it can’t be cured as easily and you’ll likely require professional care from Dr. Cederbaum. But don’t worry — periodontal treatment is common and the procedure is noninvasive.
How Decay Affects Your Teeth
If even a small area of your mouth goes uncleaned for too long, the decay can spread throughout your tooth. This can lead to more pain and difficulty functioning throughout the day, not to mention the health risks that come with oral disease.
A cavity affects your enamel, the hard outer layer of your tooth that protects it. Once the decay pierces through the enamel, it travels through the soft dentin and eventually to the innermost area of your tooth, the pulp chamber, where sensitive and vital tissues are stored.
When your pulp becomes infected, you’ll likely feel severe pain. At this point, only root canal therapy can save your tooth. Though root canal therapy has a bad reputation, modern technological advances and sedation can make your procedure pain-free.
Frequently Asked Questions About Exams and Cleanings
Are there any risk factors associated with poor oral hygiene?
Poor oral hygiene has been linked to several health complications including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
You can mitigate excess bacteria buildup by contacting our Seattle office for biannual professional cleanings and continuing your regular oral hygiene routine.
How can I improve my oral hygiene?
In addition to brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines to ensure your making the most out of your time spent caring for your oral health. These include:
- Brush your teeth before bed
- Use oral care products containing fluoride
- Brush your teeth using small circular motions to remove plaque
- Pay attention to your tongue and your gumline
- Drink more water
- Limit sugary and acidic foods
During your professional cleanings, our friendly staff can offer suggestions to improve your oral hygiene routine and discuss any areas that may need more attention.
Is a professional dental cleaning necessary?
Yes– A professional dental cleaning is necessary to address those hard to reach areas and remove stains, plaque, and tartar buildup. While brushing your teeth is vital to your dental health, often patients tend to miss certain areas.
When tartar builds up, it can cause your enamel to wear down which can cause a cavity. If you have untreated gum disease, this can lead to various health complications that may have been avoided with biannual dental checkups and professional cleanings.
Can I reverse my receding gumline?
While it’s impossible to reverse the effects of a gumline that’s receding, you can stop it from getting worse by scheduling biannual appointments at our Seattle location for professional cleanings and following a regular oral hygiene routine.
A receding gumline leaves the tooth’s roots exposed and creates additional space for plaque and bacteria to buildup which can cause increased recession. If left untreated, a receding gumline can cause tooth and bone loss. If you have a receding gumline, schedule an appointment by calling (206) 524-1314. We’ll be happy to help you on your road to oral health.
Keep Your Smile Beautiful With Regular Exams and Cleanings
The appearance of your smile is often a reflection of its health. For a pleasing smile, Dr. Cederbaum recommends oral daily hygiene and regular dental visits. If you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks, let us know — Dr. Cederbaum can give you the smile you deserve.
To learn more, call our office at (206) 524-1314 or fill out our online form, available on this page. We’ll be with you right away to discuss your questions and concerns.