Promoting good oral hygiene
Making sure you and your family receive good preventive dental care is the most important thing you can do for your family’s oral health — and we make it easy at Madison Family Dental.
Your team of dentist, dental assistant and hygienist will help you protect your family’s teeth and overall dental health by not only providing excellent care during your regular cleanings and exams but also ensuring that you are well informed on how to take care of your teeth between checkups. Preventative dentistry is our main goal!
While here for your cleaning and exam, we evaluate many different aspects of oral health.
In each appointment, we
- Conduct a complete oral exam, not only just looking at the teeth, but evaluating gum and bone health
- Perform a complete exam of the soft tissues of the mouth and oral cancer screening
- Provide a thorough teeth cleaning
In every other appointment, we
- Evaluate the health of the teeth and bone and check for decay with our low radiation, quick digital x-rays
- Take periodontal (gum) measurements to check for pocketing
In addition to the care we provide in our Madison office, we also help put you in control of your own dental health by
- Teaching your family proper brushing techniques
- Encouraging the entire family to floss regularly and teaching proper technique
- Promoting good oral habits
- Promoting good eating habits
- Teaching children and adults how to protect their teeth while playing sports (mouth guards)
- Assisting in selection of over the counter products such as toothpaste, mouthwashes, and tooth brushes
Know Your Numbers
We also check your blood pressure and perform an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation.
Once a year, we will do complete health screen of each patient’s heart health (blood pressure) and perio health for all sorts of reasons. Research is showing that there’s a causal relationship between the health of your mouth and your overall health. Let’s go into more detail.
Annual Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluations are routine at Madison Family Dental
One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recent research has indicated the prevalence of periodontal disease in the US may be significantly higher than originally estimated. This means that all adults should thoroughly assess the state of their gums to receive accurate information about the health of their mouths.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It is therefore very important to treat the inflammation that causes periodontal disease as soon as possible to ensure that your entire body stays healthy.
Periodontal disease is thought to be one of the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases in our population. A dental profession should examine each tooth above and below the gum line, and a visual examination alone is not enough. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that every patient receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation on an annual basis.
A comprehensive periodontal evaluation is way to assess your periodontal health by examining:
- Your teeth
- Your plaque
- Your gums
- Your bite
- Your bone structure
- Your risk factors
What measurements are taken during a periodontal evaluation?
The periodontal exam and probing include taking measurements of the spaces between your teeth and gums. This space is known as the sulcus. When the gums are healthy, the sulcus is usually about 3 millimeters deep. Healthy gums cling tightly to the tooth. Diseased gums tend to swell and detach from the tooth. In advanced forms of periodontitis, the pocket can be more than 10 millimeters deep.
Taking the measurements once a year at your dental visit helps your dentist track the progress of treatment. A common treatment for periodontal disease is scaling and root planing.
Blood Pressure Checks are routine at Madison Family Dental
We screen for hypertension (high blood pressure) because as your Madison dentist, we are a part of your complete healthcare team. As a partner in your care, we are concerned not only with your dental health but also your overall well being. We will perform a blood pressure screening at each dental hygiene visit because while we can’t diagnose or treat your hypertension, we want to help you track your overall health.
We see you more frequently than your physician.
Many patients visit their dentist more frequently than their physician. We as dentists can thus play an important role in our patients’ overall health by measuring blood pressure regularly, potentially identifying undetected hypertension, and then referring individuals to their physicians.
As dental healthcare professionals, we have always been focused on prevention so we have a great opportunity to educate our patients on health risks related to high blood pressure as well as recommend lifestyle modifications (such as getting the proper amount of exercise and eating lots of vegetables and minimally processed foods) to promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Taking the measurements once a year at your dental visit helps your dentist track the progress of treatment.
Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and we want to help you maintain awareness of your heart health.
Hypertension is a major risk factor with many cardiovascular diseases and plays a significant role in the progression of congestive heart failure, stroke, heart attacks, kidney failure, and premature death.
Almost 1 in 3 U.S. Adults have high blood pressure, and the number jumps to 50% of people over 55. It is a silent disease and without regular screening, most people are not aware they have a problem. Because of the prevalence of hypertension and its importance to overall health, the American Dental Association recommends that dental offices should take blood pressure on all new patients and annually on all recalls. We are committed to these healthcare guidelines and offer this service to our patients as part of your care.
More reasons to track blood pressure at your dental visit:
Medications that are used in the dental office — most commonly local anesthetics — can temporarily increase blood pressure, so it is important that we be aware of patients’ blood pressure before beginning treatment. If your blood pressure is too high we may have to delay dental treatment until you have received appropriate medical care.
We know that the medications taken for high blood pressure can have side effects like dry mouth (xerostomia) and over growth of gum tissue. We want to help our patients who have high blood pressure manage and maintain their oral condition.
Read more about “Know Your Numbers” and why we believe it’s critical to your overall health.
Advantages of Regular Dental Checkups
Even if it has been a while since you have visited the dentist, it is never too late to start taking care of your mouth and start on a good preventative regimen. We don’t judge if it has been a while — you have to start somewhere, and we are here to help.
With regular checkups at Madison Family Dental, you and your family will have healthy mouths that chew easily and absorb more nutrients from food. Oral disease can endanger the rest of the body, so a healthy mouth means less extensive — and less expensive — healthcare over your lifetime.