Advancements in Dental Hygiene are making revolutionary improvements in preventative dental therapies. Dental Hygiene really is "the big picture" encompassing the base of all dental issues.
Believe it - dental hygiene is so much more than getting your teeth cleaned every six months. Dr. Glickman will customize treatment to your individual needs by using a series of diagnostic tools not found in most dental offices. We perform fast proficient assessments of your oral health, and make the best recommendations when treatment is indicated. Hygiene is particularly important for teenagers.
Besides the standard screening tests like radiographs (x-rays), periodontal pocket depth charting and visual examination, we use a phase-contrast microscope to analyze the oral bacteria, and a Carimeter test to look for cavity causing bacteria. Recent technological advances allow us to assess saliva for periodontal bacterial culture and antibiotic sensitivity testing and look for genetic markers for periodontal disease. We feel strongly about regular screening for oral cancer and other tissue abnormalities. We believe in “minimally invasive” periodontal treatment whenever possible, and try our best to help you avoid surgery. When periodontal treatment is indicated, we work with you, and if needed, our team of highly skilled specialists, to assist you in making your decisions regarding treatment options. We are able to recommend several in-home oral hygiene products to use at your leisure like a dental irrigator for cleaning or application of specific liquid therapies.
Oral Health and Cardiovascular Disease
There is a growing concern throughout the medical community discussing the
correlation between Oral health and Heart Disease.
- Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation.
- Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease increases plaque build up, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries.
- Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.
- Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.