Hygiene Maintenance

For successful dental treatment your home care is vital. Brushing and flossing of your teeth is essential for the health of your mouth. Once you have serious periodontal (gum) disease it can never be cured, the best you can hope for is to keep it controlled. Our commitment is to help you plan your dental destiny so that you will understand and appreciate your role in maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Dr. Tamami will teach you how to become healthy, but whether you remain healthy will be up to you.
Tarter and Plaque:
The consequence of tarter and plaque remaining present is further gum recession, deepening gum pockets, bad breath and the loss of most, if not all, of your teeth. Formerly known as "pyrhorrea", periodontal (gum) disease is the most common dental disease. Periodontal disease cannot be cured if it reaches advanced stages. Advanced stage periodontal disease can only be controlled in the best circumstances and it is the primary reason why people end up needing dentures. Most people who have early stages of gum disease do not have any pain and do not realize that they have a problem; however, treatment of this condition is most successful at the early stages.
Thorough removal of the poison-producing bacterial plaque from all tooth surfaces will eliminate or control the primary cause of gum disease and cavities. Polishing of the teeth will help to prevent further plaque build-up in the future. Regular re-care, or cleaning, appointments are suggested every 3-6 months and will be determined by Dr Tamami.
Gum disease is directly related to your overall health.
Did you know that gum disease is directly correlated with heart disease and chronic illness? Not only that, but ongoing periodontal disease can leave you at risk for stroke and can cause low birthweight in babies. Gum disease triggers an inflammatory response that directly affects chronic illnesses. Researchers believe that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease can damage tissues and organs if left untreated. However, there are some steps you can take to prevent gum disease and protect your overall wellness.
Periodontal disease can greatly increase your risk of disease and compound any present symptoms.
Periodontal disease has been tied to:
Heart disease
Respiratory issues
Memory loss
Head, neck, and pancreatic cancer
Kidney failure
Premature birth and low birthweight
Persistent gum disease can lead to weight loss, digestive issues, nutritional deficiencies, and microscopic tears in the mouth tissue. These tears can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause infection throughout the body. Taking the time to care for both your teeth and gums can help protect you from infection and inflammation.
Early diagnosis and treatment for gum disease can make all the difference. This can reduce health risks and keep your body functioning properly. Over time, periodontitis can cause life-threatening damage or illness that could become difficult to treat. If you suspect you may be suffering from periodontal disease, make an appointment with your dentist today. Together, you can determine the right treatment plan to get your smile and your health back in check.