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It’s Not Just a Cleaning

Your regular 3 month or 6 month dental hygiene visit is actually one of the most important and cost-effective ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to minimize your dental expenses.

At Gentle Family Dentistry we have the best, friendliest and gentlest dental hygienists you will ever find. Kendra has been with us for over 15 years and our patients absolutely adore her. In all that time we have not had one complaint from any patient about the quality or gentleness of their dental cleanings. In fact, all of our patients agree that that was the best cleaning they’ve ever had anywhere.

It is a fact that a lot of people feel that “it’s just a cleaning, so it’s not that important”. That is actually the opposite of the truth. During your hygiene visit the hygienist not only cleans your teeth but works for small problems and large problems that may be occurring in your mouth that you are not yet aware of. Just because you have no pain doesn’t mean you have no problems.

I often tell patients that if you wait till it hurts or wait till it breaks in almost all cases you’ve waited too long. For the few hundred dollars a year it costs you for your regular hygiene visits you will save thousands of dollars in dental repair costs or save your teeth or both.

During your hygiene visit she will also evaluate the soft tissue in your mouth and use a small laser device to check for tiny new cavities that are undetectable by the naked eye. Those tiny cavities will eventually grow into large cavities sometimes needing extensive work. But, when found early enough, they can often be treated painlessly and inexpensively without even having any Novocain.

She will also discuss with you any problems or concerns you may be having or any questions you may have about your dental health or how to maintain it properly. If you are unsure about how to floss or brush properly or what dentifrices to use for certain desired outcomes she can recommend any number of possible choices.

Once a year she will also get a set of digital bitewing x-rays so the doctor can carefully check between your teeth for new cavities, defective fillings and other problems that may not have yet manifested themselves as sensitivity or pain. This is very important because once again it is easier and way less expensive to repair small problems than it is to wait until something breaks or a cavity gets to the nerve.

Then she will call in the Dr. who will do a complete intraoral exam, and oral cancer screening, a TMJ evaluation and a head and neck exam. The doctor will be looking for lumps, bumps and lesions that you don’t want him to find. But, if he does find some small problem early on in many cases your chances of complete recovery and healing are much better than they would be if the problem was ignored.

If you want to keep your teeth, keep them healthy and maintain a beautiful smile you must take regular action. That not only means daily flossing, thorough but gentle brushing and strict sugar control. But it also means that you must see your friendly dental hygienist on a regular basis.

Some folks can get away with seeing their hygienist every 6 months but others need to visit her every 3 months, especially if they have gum disease and don’t want to lose all their teeth.

All of the above is required if you want to maintain good dental health whether you have dental insurance or not. But in reality if you do have dental insurance and you don’t visit your hygienist at least twice a year you are literally throwing that money away. Consider this, when has your dental insurance company ever sent you a big check at the end of the year as a rebate for not using your insurance that year? That just doesn’t happen. If you don’t use it, you lose it.

So, pick up the phone now and call Gentle Family Dentistry at 814–693–6777 and schedule an appointment with one of our dental hygienists who will help you keep your teeth in your head where they belong.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Premature Birth

New research continues to verify just how crucial bacterial flora is to our overall health and well-being, influencing our lives from the day we are conceived until the day we die.

Researchers recently tested samples of placental tissue from 320 women immediately after delivery. The makeup of the placental microbiome was different among those women who experienced either a preterm birth or had an infection that was treated with antibiotics and cured months or weeks previously.

Although the placenta has long been thought to be sterile, they discovered it harbored a unique bacterial community different from that found in the vagina and gut or on the skin. The placenta microbiome species were actually similar to those found in the mouths of the mothers. The researchers speculate the microbes travel from the mouth to the placenta by way of the bloodstream. (Sci Transl Med 14 May 21;6(237):237ra65)

Periodontal diseaseRisk of Preterm Birth

There are a couple of interesting tidbits we can glean from this study. One, it firmly establishes the link between periodontal disease and preterm birth. And two, the use of antibiotics immediately prior to or during pregnancy appears to be a contributing factor in preterm births.

This last finding alone should be a major warning bell throughout the medical community. Premature babies require a great deal of special care and assistance and are subject to major problems such as respiratory distress syndrome, chronic lung disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, apnea, bradycardia, retinopathy of prematurity, and jaundice, to name just a few.

One round of antibiotics can disrupt the normal bacterial flora in the body for up to a year or longer. The scientific community is just beginning to understand the far-reaching relationships between the bacteria that reside on and in our body and our long-term health. That same disruption in newborns could be the difference between life and death or permanent disability.

I can’t overstress the importance of including fermented foods and probiotic supplements in your regimen. Although their health benefits are indisputable, a lot of people mistakenly believe they are simply a passing fad. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Our food supply is becoming increasingly sterile both for “safety reasons” and to prolong shelf life. Overuse of antibiotics and bacteria-disrupting prescription and over-the-counter drugs is at an all-time high. Almost the entire US population drinks chlorinated water. These are just a few of the reasons why consuming live fermented foods and probiotics is becoming more and more critical if you want to remain healthy.

Periodontal disease is no laughing matter. And it is also not ‘inevitable’. Gum disease can and does have serious health side effects. It can contribute to heart, kidney, liver & lung disease, none of which are desirable. Early to moderate gum disease can be easily treated, non-surgically, by your friendly dental hygienist at Gentle Family Dentistry. Don’t let it ruin your life.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.