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Hygiene/ Dental Cleaning

Cleanings or Prophylaxis vs. Periodontal Treatment

Dental cleaning, or dental prophylaxis, is a preventive service.  It is meant for healthy mouths, or those with minimal, localized periodontal infection.  If you have bleeding when you brush or floss, spontaneous bleeding from your gums, or bleeding when the hygienist or Dr. Grussenmeyer does your pocket depth probing measurements, the you are beyond a regular cleaning.  The periodontal disease would just be left behind.  In this case, Dr. Grussenmeyer or our Hygienist will recommend a course of treatment for your periodontal disease, use of an electric toothbrush to do a better job at home, and other home regimens, such as using our Tooth & Gum Tonic herbal/essential oil products or organic & unrefined coconut oil.  You will know the health status of your gums after your evaluation.

What Toothpaste Should I Use?

For your overall health reasons, stay away from any toothpaste which contains fluorides.  It is unavoidable to absorb some fluoride as it is everywhere, but never purposely put fluoride in your body.  It is a major poison contributing to many of our health problems today.  For more information, read Dr. Grussenmeyer's book, The SuperLongevity Rx.  Many people also have problems with the foaming agent, sodium lauryl sulfate, so avoid that also, unless you love the suds.  We recommend Dental Herb Company's TOOTH & GUMS PASTE, but more companies are removing the fluoride and sodium laurel sulphate, so keep reading labels and searching the internet for new ones.


How Often Should I See The Dental Hygienist?

Ideally, everyone should see the Dental Hygienist, or periodontal therapist EVERY 3 MONTHS. No matter how good you are with your oral hygiene, there are areas that you cannot reach due to the shapes and positions of your teeth. After you have had your mouth professionally cleaned, studies have shown that it takes about 90 days for the bacteria in your mouth to resettle at the gum margins and then migrate down to the level of your bone holding the teeth. Also, as the plaque that you may have missed in difficult to reach areas matures, worse microbes grow in these areas. You want to get it cleaned out before it gets to that stage.

The 3 month maintenance visits are especially critical after you have been diagnosed with any level of periodontal disease and treated for it, or you have health problems such as Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, Down’s Syndrome, Papillon-Lefevre Syndrome, Granulocyte Disorders, Chediak-Higashi Syndrome, Nutritional Disorders, HIV/AIDS, and Hypophosphatasia. Those diseases predispose people to RAPID and/or EARLY PERIODONTAL DESTRUCTION.

Always remember, many of our systemic diseases, including heart disease, cancers, arthritis and other auto-immune diseases start in your mouth via periodontal infections.  So, take ownership of your infections, if you have them.  The name of the game for keeping mouth infections, like gum disease, at bay is HOME CARE.  We are here to help you either get started or improve on your techniques, so you can stay healthy and live a long, quality life.