Why You Should See the Dentist Before Having Surgery

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It’s important to be as healthy as possible before any surgery to ensure optimal results and healing. For some operations, like heart surgery or joint replacement , you will usually be required to have clearance from your dentist.

Surgeons know that the bacteria in your mouth get into the blood stream easily.  While these bacteria can impact your health in many ways, your heart and artificial joints are especially vulnerable to them.  In order to increase the odds of a successful surgery and recovery your surgeon will want your mouth to be as healthy as possible.

It’s important to be proactive and not wait to the last minute to see your dentist.  One of the most common bacterial oral infections is periodontal, or gum disease.  Your dentist may need time to treat this condition if you have it and return your teeth and gums to a healthy state so that you can proceed with surgery.

Now that you know how your oral health can impact your overall health and medical outcomes, you may want to start seeing the dentist on a regular basis to prevent other issues related to the bacteria in your mouth. And then, you will always be able to feel confident in the health of your mouth if urgent surgery is ever needed.

If you are in the Knoxville area and looking for a new dentist, we would love to meet you. Call (865) 922-1613 to schedule an appointment.

We promise to take great care of you and your smile. 

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Toilets, Toothbrushes, and the Little Germy Guys – How to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

 

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We know you are not rinsing your toothbrush in the toilet, but some of you might as well be. When a toilet is flushed, the germs are spewed out in an invisible aerosol spray that can travel over 6 feet.

Bacteria and viruses from your own mouth can also gather on your toothbrush and be reintroduced the next time you clean your teeth. This can be an issue if you have gum disease, or recently experienced a cold or the flu.

Enough with the gross stuff.  Now that we have your attention, you are probably wondering what you can do to protect your family? Keep in mind that this is especially important for anyone receiving chemotherapy or who has a compromised immune system.

Here are our recommendations:

  • Teach everyone in your family to put the toilet seat down when they flush
  • Brushes should be thoroughly rinsed and allowed to dry between uses
  • Do not put a cap over brushes as bacteria love to grow in dark, damp places
  • Store toothbrushes in a cabinet or at least 6 feet away from the toilet
  • Clean and disinfect bathroom surfaces regularly
  • When a person is healthy, brushes should be replaced every 3-4 months
  • If a person has periodontal disease or compromised health,  1-2 months
  • Don’t store family toothbrushes where they can touch each other, especially if someone has gum disease or has been sick
  • Disinfect brushes by immersing them in peroxide or an antimicrobial mouthwash

Knoxville Family & Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613

Healthy Mouth – Healthy You

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Dentistry used to be just about teeth, but not anymore. Over the last decade there has been a growing amount of research showing that the condition of your mouth can impact your overall health.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is the biggest concern. It is a bacterial infection that can get into your blood stream easily when you swallow and travel to different organs in your body. It also causes chronic inflammation which has been linked to a number of diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer.

It is more important than ever to take care of your oral health. You already know how. Simple brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly.

We found this video that demonstrates what we are taking about:

If you are concerned about your teeth, gums, or want to protect your health we would love to help.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN