It may be no surprise that a dental hygiene cleaning and continuing care is good for your mouth. Did you know that your hygienist does more than “just” a cleaning? October is National Hygiene Month and here are 10 things that you might not be aware of during your appointment with Jyssica, your Springfield, MO dental hygienist.
Let’s admit it. You have shared a spoon with your child or drank from a friend's cup. Maybe you kissed a pet or brushed with a partner's toothbrush. Seems innocent . . . right? But, what if we looked at these innocent actions through a microscope, what do you think we might find? The answer . . . is a lot of bacteria. Studies have shown that a single kiss with your partner can send up to 80 million bacteria. Gross! So, have you ever wondered if you could catch gum disease from someone you know?
Healthy gums do not bleed or hurt at all. So, the presence of ANY bleeding, swelling or pain in the gums indicates the presence of some form of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss, mobile teeth, or even loss of teeth. In the pregnant woman, gum disease can have even more severe consequences.