Our First Guest Writer
In a December issue of the News Blast, we asked neighbors who are knowledgeable on a specific subject that would be beneficial to our readers, to share that information by becoming a Guest Writer for the News Blast. We had several responses covering a range of topics.
Over the next few editions of the News Blast we will be featuring articles provide by neighborhood Guest Writers. Beginning with this edition, we are sharing a 2 part article provided by Howard M. Notgarie, RDH, EdD, who has been a dental hygienist for 21 years and a resident of Murphy Creek for 11 years. Dr. Notgarie is providing practical information on dental care.
The last time you called a dental office for an appointment, you might have asked for a cleaning, but did you know dental hygienists do much more than cleanings for you? If your teeth and gums are healthy, simply removing plaque, stain, and tartar might be just the right procedure to help you maintain health. However, recent research reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that almost half the population has periodontitis.
Periodontitis is an infection by plaque bacteria that invades between the tooth and gum, causing loss of the bone and ligament that hold the tooth in place. In addition, many people have a less damaging infection called gingivitis. When you see a dental hygienist, that practitioner should check the health of your gums by taking x-rays, reviewing your medical history, and performing several measurements on your teeth and gums. If you have gingivitis or a high risk of cavities, you may need more treatment than simply cleaning your teeth. Additional care includes medications such as disinfectants and fluoride and instruction so you know how to keep your teeth clean at home. Plaque takes only one day to form on teeth, making daily removal essential to prevent gingivitis from progressing to periodontitis.
Part 2 of this article will appear in next week’s News Blast. So, stay tuned. And, we want to thank Dr. Notgarie for taking the time to contribute!