Why is a Dental Cleaning so important?
Good oral hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease which can help you keep your teeth as you get older. Not only is dental hygiene about keeping a healthy smile, but more importantly maintaining optimal oral health that can affect your overall health. An unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labour. When you have proper oral hygiene, you are actively preventing tooth decay, gum disease and helping to keep your body healthy.
The hygienists at True Smile Spa are Registered Dental Hygienists with the College of Dental Hygiene of British Columbia. We have many years of experience working with patients to help achieve their optimum oral health. We will remove the plaque and tartar that is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is a soft whitish deposit that forms on the surface of the teeth. It forms when the germs (bacteria) combine with food and saliva. Plaque contains many types of bacteria and can be removed with proper brushing and flossing techniques. Tartar or calculus is hardened calcified plaque that has been left on the teeth and sticks firmly to the tooth surface and under the gums. Generally, it can only be removed with special instruments by a dental professional. The failure to remove this hardened deposit on a regular basis can have adverse effects on your oral and overall health.
Stages of Gum Disease (periodontal disease):
There are two stages of gum disease. Both are silent and for the most part, they are also painless. The first is Gingivitis which involves the inflammation of the gums (gingiva). This beginning stage can be reversed to a state of healthy tissue with proper oral hygiene habits and regular hygiene visits. If left untreated, the disease will progress into the second stage of gum disease called Periodontitis. This involves the loss of supporting tooth structure like bone and periodontal ligaments. The loss of these structures will cause deeper pocketing, mobility, recession and eventual tooth loss. Gingivitis is a precursor to Periodontitis, but unlike gingivitis, you can't reverse periodontitis. You can stop or slow down the disease process and prevent it from getting worse with frequent visits to your Registered Dental Hygienist and proper care at home. Unfortunately, when you have periodontitis it can’t be reversed like gingivitis and there is no regeneration of the lost tissue and bone structures.
More adults will lose their teeth to periodontitis than to decay. This is why it is so crucial to maintain regular visits to your Registered Dental Hygienist. We can also inform you on other dental products and practices that will help you maintain your oral health at home. These include electric toothbrushes, mouthwash, tongue cleaners, healthy eating habits and help to quit smoking. All of which will improve your oral health and help achieve a healthier body. Proper home care can help to reduce the amount of hygiene visits as well as reducing your risk to other serious health problems associated with an unhealthy mouth.