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.
December 14, 2016
November 11, 2015
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.
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.
August 3, 2012
Ever heard the old adage “He’s looking long in the tooth”? This phrase is sometimes used to describe older persons, whose gum disease causes gums to recede and teeth to appear longer. Years of smoking, or drinking coffee or red wine can cause teeth to look yellow and stained which can also make you look older than you are. We may not be able to turn back the clock, but we can change our smile to look younger and healthier.
I know we talk to you a lot about flossing, but statistics show that only 13% of the population actually flosses on a regular basis. And it is critically important to stopping periodontal disease from developing. Healthy gums make a healthier you. And a younger looking you.
Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest ways to take years off your smile. It used to be a celebrity bright smile was only seen on, well, celebrities, but now it is the hallmark of a youth, health and vitality. Whitening your teeth is easy , and the results can be dramatic.
If you are looking for the fountain of youth, no need to go off on a journey of far away lands! Give us a call and let us start with making your smile healthy and bright and watch the years fall away!
May 8, 2012
There is no doubt about it..as you age, you may develop new health concerns. A study done at our own Cleveland Clinic examined teeth of 56 postmenopausal women. Despite brushing and flossing daily, these women all had plaque buildup on their teeth and below their gums. Researcher Leena Palomo, D.D.S. noted that postmenopausal women may be more susceptible to Periodontal Disease because their bones , which includes the bones in their jaw, are weakening.
Their advice? The researchers stress the importance of women who have been through menopause seeking regular dental evaluation for the early management of oral disorders. They reiterate the guidelines posted by the American Dental Association:
- Regular dental examinations and professional cleanings to remove bacterial plaque biofilm under the gum-line where a toothbrush will not reach.
- Daily oral hygiene practices to remove bioflim at and aboe the gum-line including brushing twice daily with and ADA accepted toothpaste
- Replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months (or sooner if bristles start to look frayed)
- Cleaning interproximally (between teeth) with floss or interdental cleaner
- maintaining a balanced diet
- No smoking.