Posts for: November, 2017
Professional teeth cleanings are an important aspect of your dental health. These cleanings paired with regular dental examinations can help keep your teeth healthy and clean for the long run and avoid dental issues like teeth decay and gum disease. But what should you expect from a cleaning? Why are they so important? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Allan Kwon, Dr. Jenny Kwon, Dr. Jeffrey Altman, and Dr. David Lee at Prestige Dental Network in Meriden, Hartford and East Hartford, CT.
How often should I have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Every patient, no matter their age, risk level, or dental health, should have their teeth cleaned by a professional dental hygienist at their dentist’s office at least twice a year. Cleanings are almost always coupled with a routine dental examination to ensure that your teeth do not show any signs of teeth decay, gum disease, or other mouth-related conditions. These visits work in conjunction with a strong and committed at-home oral care routine to keep your teeth healthy.
Why are professional teeth cleanings important?
It is perfectly normal and healthy for bacteria to live in your mouth. However, if it is allowed to remain on the teeth, the bacteria begins to build up, forming plaque, a sticky substance which is the first stage of tooth decay. Plaque, if left on the teeth, eventually hardens into tartar. While plaque can be removed from the teeth using good brushing and flossing techniques, tartar can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning. Regular professional cleanings remove all of the plaque and tartar from the teeth, giving you a clean slate to work with during your at-home oral care routine.
Professional Teeth Cleanings and Routine Dental Examinations in East Hartford, CT
In addition to removing plaque and tartar from the teeth, regular cleanings can also help your dentist find and treat conditions like cavities or gum disease early, when they are most curable. This ensures that your dental condition does not require more invasive, complex procedures down the line.
For more information on professional teeth cleanings or to schedule your regular dental examination and cleaning, please contact our dentists at Prestige Dental Network in Meriden, Hartford and East Hartford, CT. Call to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Each November, the American Cancer Society urges smokers to kick the habit for just one day, because if you can quit for one whole day, you can quit for another whole day. Put enough whole days back to back and you’re no longer a smoker!
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. It harms nearly every organ of the body, causing lung disease, heart disease and diabetes, as well as cancer of the lung, kidney and bladder.
Smoking also causes problems in your mouth. Aside from the more obvious problems of bad breath and yellowed teeth, smoking raises the risk of cancer of the mouth and throat. It can increase the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Smoking interferes with healing, so treatments may not work as well. The majority of smokers have gum disease and they are more likely to lose teeth from advanced gum disease.
Quitting isn’t easy, but it’s the best thing you can do for your health. Who wouldn’t want fresher breath, younger-looking skin and a better sense of taste and smell?
Even for people who have smoked for a long time, the effects of smoking start to reverse themselves when you quit. Your heart rate, blood pressure and carbon monoxide levels in the blood return to normal shortly after quitting. Studies are showing that in just one year, the risk for heart disease is cut in half. 10 years later the risk of oral cancer is about equal to that of a nonsmoker. In 15 years, the risk of heart disease is the same as for a nonsmoker.
Need help quitting? Talk with your dentist or doctor. You can also visit the American Cancer Society website. If you have any questions about smoking and oral health, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Strategies to Stop Smoking.”