It’s Not Just a Teeth Cleaning Anymore


t’s easy to lose track of time or delay seeing your dental hygienist because you are busy or money is tight.  It’s just a teeth cleaning, right?  It may seem like that, but there is more at risk here then just a little extra plaque.

The plaque your hygienist removes from your teeth is made up of bacteria. The harder tartar deposits are the by product of bacteria colonies. Skipping a professional cleaning gives these bacteria colonies an opportunity to grow beyond what your body can handle.

In your mouth, this puts you at risk for gum disease, tooth loss, and cavities. Many people don’t realize that when we talk about periodontal disease, also called gum disease, that we are talking about a serious infection in their mouth.

And, that is not all. Bacteria in your mouth gets into your blood stream easily through swallowing or being absorbed through thin mouth tissue. That means that it can spread throughout your body and become an extra, unnecessary burden for your immune system.

There is one more thing you should know. Scientific research has linked many major diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease to chronic inflammation and gum disease is one of the most common sites of chronic inflammation in the body.

Our goal is not to scare you or talk all doom and gloom. We feel it is important that you have the knowledge you need to make informed choices about your health.

Dental care is no longer just about teeth.  It’s about taking care of your overall health.

So, if you are due or overdue for a professional teeth cleaning or dental exam, we encourage you to schedule an appointment soon.

For those of you in the Knoxville area. Dr. Ron Smith is a caring dentist with years of experience and a dedication to help all of his patients have healthy and great looking smiles.

If you are looking for a new dentist, we would love to welcome you into our patient family. Just call: (865) 922-1613 to schedule your appointment.

Dentistry is Not Just about Teeth Anymore


heart health gum diseaseDentistry used to be about fixing teeth and helping people be able to eat for their lifetime.  But, things have changed.

New research shows that inflammation and chronic low-grade infections contribute to many of our major life threatening conditions.  The list includes diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more.  All things we want to avoid if we plan on being on this earth very long.

Our mouths are one of the most common places where the infection and inflammation occur.  Periodontal  gum disease is a chronic  infection that affects about 80% of the adult population. And, while we have always known it was the number one cause of tooth loss, we now know that the stakes are even higher.

So, take care of yourself by taking care of your teeth.  See your dentist and hygienist regularly at the frequency they recommend and don’t delay dental work unless you have to.  Dentistry is not just about teeth anymore.