11808 Barker Cypress Rd, Suite G
Cypress, TX 77433

A Healthy Mouth is A Gateway to a Healthy Body

teeth cleaning CypressJust as people say the eyes are the windows to your soul; your mouth is the gateway to a healthy body. All of the body’s health systems are connected. When one area of the body is out of balance, it will affect overall health. The same is true for oral health. Since oral health and overall health is interconnected, receiving regular preventive care is very important to keeping teeth and gums healthy. For example, a professional teeth cleaning helps ward off gum disease, a condition that destroys oral health and can increase one’s risk for illness such as diabetes and stroke.

Why A Professional Teeth Cleaning is Beneficial to Your Health

Cleaning your teeth at home with proper brushing and flossing is very important to maintaining a healthy mouth. Unfortunately, even if you clean your teeth regularly and properly, you will still miss areas of your mouth. Missed areas leads to bacteria colonizing and forming plaque – a substance that hardens into tartar when exposed to calculus.

Filled with bacteria, plaque and tartar inflame and irritate the gums and can ultimately cause gum disease. Bacteria feed on sugar and release acid as a byproduct. Acid weakens teeth over time. Since it’s impossible to remove all debris and plaque, a professional cleaning is necessary. During cleanings, our trained hygienists gently scrape away tartar (which cannot be removed by brushing or flossing) and debris in hard to reach areas. You should receive at least two cleanings a year.

Annual Checkups Could Save Your Life

Not only is receiving a cleaning important to your wellbeing, yearly checkups help catch potential problems early on. During checkups, our dentist looks for more than just tooth decay. With diagnostic technology and a trained eye, our team evaluates the health of facial bones, all soft tissues, and the health of the entire tooth, including its roots. When we detect problems, we can offer effective treatment to manage conditions or restore oral health.

We also perform oral cancer screenings during checkups. Oral cancer, like other types of cancer, can be fatal if not detected and treated early.

To schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning or checkup, call the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today.

Oral Piercings: The Hidden Risks to your Health

dentist CypressDo you have a tongue or lip piercing? Perhaps you have a dermal modification around your lips. Did you know that dermal modifications and oral piercings can affect your health in negative ways? Our team understands that body modification is a popular form of self-expression. Unfortunately, this type of self-expression can come at a cost: your health.

We urge patients to consider the possible consequences of these types of alterations. Oral piercings such as tongue rings or lip rings can affect the health of teeth and gums. Both piercings and dermal modifications can increase one’s risk of bacterial and fungal infections. If you are thinking about receiving a modification near or in your mouth, we encourage you to discuss this with our dentist. Our team can help you make an informed decision regarding your oral health.

How Oral Piercings Affect Teeth and Gums

Metal is the most common material used in an oral piercing. When a lip or tongue is pierced, the piercing will come in contact with teeth during oral function. Since metal is a hard substance, it can wear down tooth enamel over time. Tooth enamel is the protective coating around teeth that helps prevent tooth decay. When enamel is damaged, teeth can develop cavities and even chip or break. It is common for those with oral piercings to tap their tongue rings against teeth or their teeth against lip rings as a nervous habit.

Additionally, fungi or bacteria can infect the site of the piercing or dermal modification. Infections of any kind can affect overall oral health. Oral infections can occur anywhere in the mouth – especially along soft tissues like the linings of cheeks and the gums. The mouth is very susceptible to infection anyway because it is a warm, moist environment.

If you already have a piercing or dermal modification, we strongly recommend that you practice proper and thorough oral hygiene to help reduce your risk for infection. We also urge you to be mindful about metal piercings coming in contact with teeth.

Our team is here to help you enjoy good oral health. To schedule an appointment with our dentist or to ask questions, call our practice today.