Holistic Dental Cleaning near me
A routine teeth cleaning is much more than routine
A sparkling white smile, clean teeth and gum health have a powerful impact on your entire body!
What to expect at your holistic teeth cleaning? At Health Inspired Dentistry‘s Highland Heights office, we include a full dental exam. ☺
- A complete health history. We truly want to get to know you, by doing so we gain insight into medical connections that may influence your oral wellness. The reverse is also important; conditions in your oral cavity can have a connection to any bodily illness you may be exhibiting. Today more than ever, the influence of medications, chronic health issues, genetics, nutrition, stress, and snoring give us important clues about potential connections and are just a few of the questions we inquire about to learn more about you as a whole not just your mouth!
- Oral cancer exam: First and for most, our dental cleanings include a complete exam of all the soft tissues of the head and neck. You don’t have to be a smoker to have oral cancer. Oral cancer caught at its early stages has very positive outcomes.
- TMJ (jaw joint exam): Muscle and joints of the jaw are evaluated for dysfunction and any problematic symptoms evaluated. Our goal is to relieve any discomfort and improve function.
- Occlusal exam: This is the way the bite comes together is it in harmony or is it in trauma? Are there any signs of loose teeth, clenching, grinding or frequent headaches? A harmonious state of occlusion correlates with tooth longevity and freedom from symptoms. At Health Inspired Dentistry treatment with Invisalign can often be a simple solution.
- Periodontal (gum exam): Healthy gums means being free from recession, swollen and bleeding gums. With the surgeon general stating that 80% of the population has gum disease this is one of the most important parts of the examination. Today we offer many non-surgical ways to treat and cure gum disease and the best cure is prevention!
- Tooth exam: Careful examination of each tooth for any decay, cracks or chips, shifting, wear, faulty restorations and tooth sensitivities. We even have several methods now for decay reversal. Ask us how.
- Pain-free exam! Yes, at Health Inspired Dentistry we pride ourselves on providing thorough, but comfortable exams. In fact, one male patient told us he prefers women dentists/hygienists because our hands are smaller and therefore cause less discomfort.
What does a teeth cleaning consist of?
First, all plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth with hand instruments or an ultrasonic cleaner. Then all teeth are polished with a gritty paste that will remove all stains from the teeth whitening them and also making them smooth, so plaque and tartar slip off them and decrease the chance of easy reattachment. Lastly, after a good rinsing all teeth will be flossed following an explanation of the proper oral hygiene instructions to maintain your pearly whites at home.
Why it’s important to have your teeth cleaned professionally by a dentist or hygienist?
- Whiter brighter teeth. At your dental hygiene visit, stains are removed that collect from foods and drinks that discolor the teeth leaving you with a whiter brighter smile.
- Removal of plaque and tartar. Tartar or Calculus is the culprit that leads to tooth loss. If not removed by dental hand instruments or an ultrasonic instrument in the dental setting, no amount of brushing will remove it.
- Tailor your cleaning. There are several types of cleanings and yours will be customized to your individual needs and an appropriate cleaning interval for maintaining periodontal health.
- Fresh breath. Bad breath can be embarrassing and can often be the signs of other oral conditions such as gum disease. We can help you eliminate bad breath using the latest technology and healthy food choices.
- Education: Your last explanation on how to brush and floss may have been as a child. At our office we give you the recipe for success with all our tips for keeping optimal oral hygiene at home!
- Products: Who doesn’t have questions about all the products on the shelves? We will give you recommendations on true products that we researched and have found affective. We keep them on our shelves so you don’t have to go looking for them.
- Supplements: Certain supplements have been shown to contribute to positive outcomes for oral health. We will help you navigate through quality supplements that are proven and effective.
- Suggestions for preventative measures: dental sealants, night guards, Ozone therapy are just a few of the preventive measures we incorporate to prevent decay and tooth loss. Also stress reduction activities in your daily routing decrease the risk of periodontal disease.
What happens when your dental cleanings are missed, and the plaque and tartar are not removed?
- Plaque and tartar can accumulate causing gum disease, a silent disease, and then tooth loss.
- Plaque accumulation can cause tooth decay leading to more involved dental treatment.
- More importantly, we know today that the accumulation of plaque and tartar can cause inflammation which can travel through the bloodstream leading to:
Heart disease: Bacteria from infected gums dislodges and enters the blood stream, attaches to blood vessels and increases clot formations. These clots decrease the blood flow to the heart and can increase your chance of heart attack and stroke!
Diabetes: If you neglect dental care, bacteria that enters the blood stream can activate your immune system to produce inflammatory signals that have a destructive effect throughout the body. These signals can destruct or destroy insulin cells leading to type 2 diabetes in even otherwise healthy individuals with no other risk factors. In addition, people with diabetes often have periodontal disease and are less able to fight off infection, including gum infections which can make it more difficult for them to control their blood sugar.
Cancer threat for men: Published research found men with a history of gum disease are more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. In fact, men with periodontal disease (gum disease) may be 62% more likely to develop pancreatic and kidney cancer and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.
Preterm births: Studies support that women with periodontitis are 2-3x more likely to have a preterm low birthweight baby.
Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Poor Memory and Cognitive Skills: Once again, inflammation is a common denominator. Adults with swollen gums performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than those with healthier mouths.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Research has found the association between gum disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis. When dental problems were cured in these patients (infections and inflammations of their gums) it reduced the pain and stiffness of their joints.
These are only a few of the oral-systemic links that have been established and others do exist. If you have systemic illness and your mouth is unhealthy, you are at a heightened risk of dying from your systemic disease. But there is good news. If you have poor oral health and get your mouth healthy, inflammation will be decreased and so will your chance or severity of the systemic illness.
Knowing what we know about the connection of your oral health to your whole-body health, we are partnering with our patients to help them live longer and healthier lives. Our passion is to treat patients as a whole not just a mouth! We have spent years increasing our knowledge and skills so we can successfully treat you and your family!
When should my child be seen for their first dental visit?
When their first tooth erupts.
A great smile will do more than just brighten your appearance it can also support total body health!