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A dental cleaning is one of the easiest and fastest ways to improve your overall health!

Naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth can grow rapidly.  If it gets out of control you can develop gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums.  Gingivitis can lead to gums starting to recede, and receding gums can lead to tooth sensitivity.  If you would like to learn more about teeth sensitivity you can read our article, Tooth Sensitivity: How Your World Golf Village Dentist Can Help. Gingivitis can be painful, unsightly, and worse, can lead to periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is caused by a group of specific bacteria, called the Red Complex.  Again, these bacteria naturally occur in the mouth, but if the number gets out of control it can lead to the loss of bone and gums around the tooth.  As this happens the pocket, or space between your tooth and the gums gets deeper and deeper.  This allows more and more bacteria to grow.   Losing the support of your teeth can cause pain, bad breath, bleeding of gums, heart disease and loss of teeth.  In fact periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in St Augustine.

There are other risk factors that can lead to periodontal disease, including genetics, the foods we eat, tooth grinding, and alcohol/tobacco use.  We wrote an article, Periodontal Disease: World Golf Village Dentist Treats Gum Disease, to help you learn more about these other risk factors.  Because of these other risk factors it is possible we may recommend a night guard in our attempts to treat your periodontal disease.

To treat periodontal disease, we typically recommend scaling and root planing, more commonly known as a “deep cleaning“.  A traditional dental cleaning removes the bacteria and plaque above the gum line.  However, the Red Complex is found below the gum line.  When these aggressive and irritating bacteria get out of control, they need to be brought back under control.  A deep cleaning can accomplish this by going below the gum line and pulling the bacteria out and any hardened plaque call calculus.  By making a smooth surface along the root of the tooth, and decreasing the amount of bacteria, the gums can “shrink wrap” back around the tooth and decrease the size of those pockets. We know it sounds painful, but we will make you comfortable during the procedure.

Decreasing bacteria, decreases inflammation.  Inflammation causes the release of C-Reactive Protein.  C-Reactive Protein circulates throughout our body in response to inflammation.  Periodontal disease is essentially a giant bacterial infection in your mouth, so your body releases more protein, and this causes your immune system to be alert all the time.  This is very unhealthy for your body, as studies have shown that the more inflammation the body thinks there is, the more susceptible you are to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  The longer you go between dental cleanings, the more bacteria grows, and the more likely you are to need a deep cleaning.

So when was your last dental cleaning?

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