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Broadview Heights, OH 44147

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Dr. Farian serves:

  • Broadview Heights
  • Cleveland
  • Parma
  • Parma Heights
  • North Royalton
  • Seven Hills
  • Independence
  • Brecksville
  • Richfield
  • Bath
  • Hinckley
  • Strongsville
  • Macedonia

Brushing Right Can Save Your Life

The Bad News

Although most people are aware of the necessity for proper daily tooth brushing, and flossing, few people realize that clean teeth and healthy gums can protect against a wide variety of serious health problems! When you don't brush and floss effectively or frequently enough, your mouth's normal population of bacteria multiplies on your teeth and gums, depositing a sticky 'plaque' substance. These colonies of germs then cause a series of destructive changes that damage your teeth, gums and jawbone. In addition to getting cavities, gum disease, pain and infection, the bacterial invasion enters your blood stream and increases your risk for a whole host of systemic problems like heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness, diabetes complications and pregnancy complications.

The Good News

But it's not all bad news. After all, it's your mouth. You can control your oral health by simply establishing a solid habit of brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush using the proper technique and a quality fluoride toothpaste, as well as flossing carefully twice daily. These days there are a host of advanced toothpastes, rinses and electric toothbrushes that can help you do a much more thorough job then was possible in the past. The most effective thing you can do is to call the office for an evaluation of your condition and get some advice as to which of the many new products would benefit you most. If we don’t have them here in the office for you, we can help you obtain them.

Treatment of periodontal disease improves metabolic control of diabetes

Diabetes is a complex disease with both vascular and metabolic components. A back and forth connection exists between diabetic control and oral infections. When periodontal infection is established, metabolic control of diabetes is worsened. When diabetes is exacerbated, periodontal infection progresses.

Clinical Implications: Oral hygiene instructions and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease in type 2 diabetic can result in better metabolic control of the diabetes.

More reaction to plaque accumulation in young diabetics than non-diabetics

Bacterial plaque biofilm is the trigger that begins the periodontal disease process. Despite similar levels and composition of bacterial biofilm, those with diabetes are at greater risk of developing bleeding and gingivitis when plaque is present. This is called hyper-inflammatory host response.

Clinical Implications: Bacteria are still the cause of periodontal disease, however those with diabetes will exhibit a hyper-inflammatory response to bacterial accumulation. Careful, effective plaque control is important for these individuals.

Three minutes better than two for power tooth brushing

The area at greatest risk of dental disease is between the teeth. Although tooth brushing is the primary method used today for cleaning the teeth, it doesn’t reach between the teeth. Other tools are needed to effectively remove inter-proximal plaque biofilm. Electric toothbrushes have designed an inter-dental brush for use with their round brush systems. The inter-dental brush has three outside tufts that form a triangle, plus a tuft inside the triangle.

Two minutes of brushing results in a 77 to 78% reduction in plaque. Three minutes of brushing removes an additional 11 to 14% more plaque, for a total of an 86 to 89% reduction.

Clinical Implications: One more minute of brushing does remove additional plaque. Perhaps the use of a second brush head would provide the motivation for longer brushing.

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Dr. Zenon Farian is an Ohio cosmetic dentist. Services include innovative, state-of-the art dentistry,
including implants and cosmetic dentistry, veneers, orthodontics, tooth whitening, nitrous oxide sedation.

Now Serving Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Broadview Heights, North Royalton,
Brecksville, Seven Hills, Parma, Richfield, Independence, Strongsville and surrounding Suburbs.