Recent and numerous studies have shown a strong link between gum disease and the development of plaques in the lining of major blood vessels. These plaques are the primary reason for cardiovascular failure. Periodontal disease is also a major factor in destabilizing insulin dependent diabetics. This oral body connection is just another reason to maintain your oral health.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During a hygiene maintenance appointment, the hygienist will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas.
Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated. Ask our hygienist about a new technology (Vizilite) to screen tissue changes that cannot be detected with the naked eye or visit www.vizilite.com for more information.
Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the hygienist or dentist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold.