Total Health and Wellness
Dental Re-Care Appointments
It is recommended that you visit Dr. Neumann at least once a year for a dental examination. All necessary X-rays will be taken and recommendations for proposed dental treatments will be made at that time.
Your oral health is strongly linked to your immune system function.
During this time when it is of utmost importance to keep our immune system in peak performance, it is important to maintain optimal health of your teeth and gums.
At your appointment, our hygienist will assess your gum health, clean your teeth and finish your treatment with an application of fluoride. Fluoride is important to the complete treatment as it prevents cavities from developing.
Hygiene Therapy routines are customized for each patient’s needs. Appointments are scheduled ranging from 3 month to 12 month intervals.
Oral Cancer Screening
A visual check is done to check for any lesions in the mouth or on the tongue. The exam may be supplemented with the use of the Velscope™. The Velscope™ emits a safe, visible blue light which causes the oral cavity to fluoresce. This allows the doctor to visualize suspicious tissue that may require further investigation.
Pan X-rays every 3-5 years
As part of the Re-Care Appointment, Pan X-Rays are taken every 3 years. A Pan X-ray is a low-dose x-ray that
provides a complete view of the Upper and Lower jaws, and the Jaw Joints.
This allows us to see what cannot be viewed on the smaller bitewing x-rays. It is used to screen for any
abnormalities in the oral-facial region.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque (a sticky form of bacteria that forms on the teeth). If the plaque is not removed (by flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups), it will continue to build up and create toxins that can damage the gums. Periodontal disease forms just below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. Periodontal disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitis — This is the early stage of gum disease, when the gums become red and swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is treatable and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.
- Periodontitis — If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis, and the gums and bone that support the teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged. Gums infected with periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or be removed by a dentist.
Certain factors can increase a patient’s risk of developing periodontal disease, including:
- Smoking or using chewing tobacco
- Certain types of medication such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, calcium channel blockers, and oral contraceptives
- Bridges that no longer fit properly
- Crooked teeth
- Old fillings
While it is possible to have periodontal disease and not know it, some symptoms can include:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Treating Gum Disease
Treatments for gum disease can vary depending on the severity of each individual case. Typical treatments include:
- Non-surgical treatments such as at-home periodontal trays, and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
- Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
- Dental implants
Preventing Gum Disease
Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are important for maintaining your health and the health of your smile. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease, and by practicing good oral hygiene at home, you can significantly reduce your chances of ever getting gum disease. Remember to brush regularly, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits to help keep your smile healthy.