January 27, 2017
The American Dental Association advises twice daily brushing and once a day flossing. Really? Is the addition of flossing so important? Dr. Allan J. Milewski, Medina dentist, says it definitely is. Find out why flossing is good for your teeth and for your systemic health.
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December 14, 2016
The health of your teeth, gums and their jawbone influences your systemic health. Problems such as decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and improper bite impact how the rest of your body performs. Dentist in Medina, Dr. Allan J. Milewski, relates the connection between dental health and systemic well-being and tells how you can be healthy from head to toe.
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January 8, 2016
As your dentist in Medina, I’m always thinking about two things: the health and beauty of your teeth. With that in mind, I’d like to ask, have you started the new year with a dental checkup and cleaning? These twice-annual visits are crucial to maintaining a great looking, healthy feeling smile for years and years to come. Keep reading to learn more about why you should never skip a dental checkup — especially in 2016 — from Dr. Allan J. Milewski.
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October 13, 2015
Commitment is hard, especially when it comes to settling down with a dentist you can trust for years to come. These days it’s hard to find a dentist you feel excited about visiting, isn’t it? Either the team is too busy, or the office is too big — and you’re not ready to make your final choice. But did you know that one secret to having healthy, beautiful teeth for a lifetime is sticking with a dentist you trust? Today, learn more about Dr. Allan J. Milewski, the dentist that so many in Medina, OH already trust with their precious teeth.
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July 15, 2015
Gum disease is experienced by many patients in this country. It can be one of the most uncomfortable experiences, too. We bet you had no idea it’s the most common disease in the good ol’ USA. It’s true! That’s more than cavities, dental emergencies and more. You might have heard it put a different way – gingivitis. It doesn’t matter what it’s called, it’s still a pain in the mouth to deal with. We want you to know that you have a dental staff with years of combined experience that can bring comfort back to your everyday life. When you visit Dr. Milewski in Medina, OH, you’re receiving the best care in the area. Gum disease is usually the results of dental hygiene that could use a little help. Take care of your gums today so you can start feeling better tomorrow.
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October 29, 2014
We sometimes hear this question from patients who are new to our practice, or haven’t been in to see us for a while. Bleeding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease, sometimes referred to as gum disease, and is nothing to be taken lightly. If Dr. Milewski has diagnosed you with periodontal disease, you may need more than your professional cleaning at our office in Medina, Ohio. Dr. Milewski may say you need root planning and scaling. But what is Root Planing and Scaling?
First, let’s look at the cause of periodontal disease.
You’ve heard of plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gum. Plaque that is not removed can cause your gums to become irritated, leading to inflammation, bleeding and infection. Plaque can harden or calcify into tartar, or calculus, and allow even more plaque to form. Your gums may become more and more red, swollen and may bleed. This is gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. The only way to remove this damaging tartar is by having your teeth cleaned at the dental office on a regular basis and to be diligent with your brushing and flossing. If the plaque and calculus is not removed, it can build up below your gum line and periodontitis can progress, which can damage your gums and the bones supporting your teeth. If this happens, one of the treatments Dr. Milewski may recommend is Root Planing and Scaling.
What Happens During Root Planing and Scaling?
You may have heard people refer to root planing and scaling as a periodontal or “deep” cleaning. Many patients prefer to have a little anesthetic for this procedure, to reduce any discomfort. Using an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments, plaque and tartar are removed from deep within the gum pockets. The tooth’s roots are then smoothed, or planed. This helps the surrounding tissue to heal, and the pockets to shrink. The smoother surface of the tooth makes it more difficult for plaque to accumulate in the future. This treatment may be done at one or several visits with one of our hygienists, Kathy and Kim. Several months later, this procedure is followed up with another visit where we see how your gums are healing and if the pockets are decreasing. Bacteria cannot easily attach to smooth surfaces, so vigilant brushing and flossing—combined with more frequent visits to Dr. Milewski and his team—will minimize the return of disease-causing plaque and calculus.
Call Our Office Today
Periodontal disease can have serious implications for your overall health and will not go away by itself. To schedule a dental check-up, call the office of Dr. Milewski in Medina, OH, today. We also conveniently serve patients in Akron, Brunswick, Middleburg Heights, Wadsworth, Norton, Summit County, Cuyahoga County, Wayne County and Lorain County.
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