Maintaining good oral health is largely a matter of good nutrition and diligent hygiene, including regular professional cleanings.
Why is your brushing and flossing routine not enough?
Biofilm is our biggest enemy in the oral cavity. It harbors bacteria that can cause gum irritation, bone loss, and tooth decay. These organized colonies of microbes are there when you’re born and after you die.
The goal, then, is to maintain a balance of the oral flora or and a healthful pH level to support the absence of disease.
Plaque – the sticky stuff on your teeth – is 100% bacteria. You usually can brush it off easily before it hardens with the minerals in you saliva to create “tartar” or what we call calculus. When this hardened deposit forms below the gum line, it causes the tissue to detach from the root of the tooth and will change the cellular components to epithelium to “wall-off” the offense to the body.
Unfortunately, this destabilizes a perfectly good tooth. Without treatment, it eventually becomes loose. The first signs of this is a slight irritation or bleeding from the tissue upon simple brushing or flossing. Mercury fillings and metal crowns can also cause gum irritation.
Flossing is the only way you can remove this plaque below the gum line where the bacteria targets the bone.
- We recommend soft, absorbent floss. Do not use waxed floss because it doesn’t pick up the plaque.
- Floss before bedtime to ensure bestresults.
Hygiene at Dr. Colpitts’ Wellness Center
Our skilled hygienist that will remove any hardened deposits above and below the gum line. This can be done with or without anesthetic to insure your comfort during the procedure.
We use products that contain no fluoride, glutens, or artificial sweetners. Neem oil and neem bark are sometimes recommended to apply to the gum tissue, along with nutritional support for bacterial control and a healthy oral pH. In severe cases, antibiotics may be prescribed.
G. Thomas Colpitts, DDS, AIAOMT
2448 E 81st Street, Suite 1600
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137