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Why is regular cleaning so important for your oral health?

  • By interactive
  • 10 Oct, 2016
National Dental Hygiene Month

Proper dental care is a vital part of keeping your teeth healthy. In addition to regular brushing and flossing at home, it is important to visit your dentist regularly to get professional cleanings. Because the month of October is National Dental Hygiene Month, here are five reasons why regular dental cleanings are so essential.

1.     Reduce plaque and cavities – No matter who you are, you have some plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a white film that forms on your enamel and at the gum lines. If it is not removed, it can start to eat away at the tooth enamel and eventually cause decay. Regular brushing and flossing are an important part of removing plaque, however, dental cleanings are the only way to get into hard to reach areas.

2.     Prevent tooth loss – If plaque buildup is left unchecked it can lead to gum disease. This is a serious issue that, if not treated properly, can cause tooth decay. As gum disease progresses, it moves further into the gums and tooth surface. This can cause the bones around the tooth to weaken and teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.

3.     Remove stains – Soft drinks, coffee, tobacco and just normal use can cause stains on your tooth enamel. A professional cleaning can help remove these built up stains and leave your teeth brighter, for a pearly white smile.

4.     Freshen Breath – Even if you brush and floss on a regular basis you might still suffer from dental related halitosis. A thorough dental cleaning is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and your breath fresh.

5.     A healthier you – Studies have shown that, in addition to gum disease, poor oral health can lead to a host of other health conditions including mouth cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mothers having low birth weight babies and even lung disease. Regular dental checkups and cleanings allow for early detection and even prevention of many of these serious conditions.

Getting proper dental care means working with a dental health professional who you trust to provide the best possible treatment. Walton Dental Health has been serving patients in Sioux City, Iowa and the surrounding communities since 1993. Our compassionate staff works hard to help patients feel comfortable throughout their dental treatments. Their goal is to provide each patient with personalized and compassionate dentistry. Contact them to schedule your appointment, today.

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By interactive 05 Dec, 2016

Healthy teeth is about more than a pretty smile. Your oral health has a significant effect on your health throughout your body, not just in your mouth. By maintaining healthy teeth and gums, you can make your body healthier from head to toe.

By interactive 05 Dec, 2016

You know the importance of visiting your dentist regularly for healthy teeth and good oral health. But did you know visiting your dentist can also help screen for cancer? Cancer can occur in the mouth, affecting lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. Since no one is looking very carefully inside their own mouths, your dentist and dental hygienist are your best bet at early detection of mouth cancers.

According to oncolink.org , people who smoke, use smokeless tobacco, and drink alcohol are at higher risk of developing oral cancers. In recent years, oral cancers in younger people without these risk factors are on the rise. In addition, other cases occur in people with no risk factors at all, so screening is important for everyone.

Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination. If mouth cancer is recognized early, then the chances of a cure are good. A thorough oral cancer screening exam includes more than looking around your mouth. Your dentist will examine and feel your face, neck, lips, mouth, tongue, thyroid gland, salivary glands and lymph nodes for any abnormalities. If you have dentures or partials, they should be taken out to allow the entire mouth to be inspected ( source ).

In addition to routine dental screenings, be aware of the potential signs of oral cancers and report these to your healthcare provider:

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A color change of the oral tissues
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  •  Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.

November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month. Early detection is key. Make sure you’re seeing your dentist regularly (every 6 months!) and if you’re currently overdue, schedule an appointment with Walton Dental Health right away! Your health is too important to wait.

By interactive 10 Oct, 2016

Proper dental care is a vital part of keeping your teeth healthy. In addition to regular brushing and flossing at home, it is important to visit your dentist regularly to get professional cleanings. Because the month of October is National Dental Hygiene Month, here are five reasons why regular dental cleanings are so essential.

By interactive 25 Aug, 2016
Why do we have wisdom teeth? After our baby teeth fall out, and our adult teeth grow in, we’re done, right? Wrong! Wisdom teeth grow in after all the others, usually right around the time we reach adulthood. For this reason, they get the name “wisdom teeth,” because we are presumably wiser than we were at age 6 or 7, when our first permanent teeth were making their appearance.
By interactive 19 Jul, 2016
As dental professionals, using the proper equipment is paramount to caring for our patients to the best of our ability. This means that we utilize the latest dental technologies and also adhere to best practices when it comes to patient and practitioner safety and general health awareness.

With that in mind, you might wonder why our dentists and patients wear eye protection during dental procedures. Wearing safety glasses when working in occupations such as carpentry or manufacturing settings is expected, however many people don’t think of dentistry as a profession that could lead to serious eye trauma.

Because dental professionals are often in close contact with patients and use a variety of sharp instruments during dental procedures, there is an increased likelihood of eye injury for both the practitioner and the patient. Protective eyewear worn by both the dental professionals and patients are designed to prevent bodily fluids and dental materials used during procedures from entering the eyes. This simple step is important in keeping eyes healthy and injury and infection free.

A study published in the British Dental Journal found that nearly half (48%) of the 200 general dentistry practitioners who took part in the study had suffered some sort of ocular trauma or infection during a procedure. Additionally, three quarters of these injuries happened because the practitioner was not wearing proper eye protection.
While keeping our practitioner’s (and our patient’s) eyes safe is crucial, it is also important to remember that ocular injuries can happen anywhere and vigilance is necessary to keep eyes healthy. Here are a few eye injury protection facts to consider in an effort to keep your eyes protected:

• Men are more prone to eye injuries
• Over 40 percent of eye injuries are associated with recreational activities
• Eye injury is one of the leading causes of visual impairment in the United States
• Protective eyewear can help prevent up to 90% of all eye injuries

At Walton Dental Health , we are committed to the health and safety of both our patients and our dental practitioners. Because of this, during the month of July we are celebrating Eye Injury Prevention Month. This means that in addition patient education about eye safety, we will continue to remain vigilant by wearing proper eye protection and observing the appropriate safety procedures.
By interactive 14 Jun, 2016

A root canal is generally not on anyone’s list of fun things to do. However, it is an important dental procedure that can help alleviate the pain experienced due to a cracked or injured tooth or one that is badly decayed. Additionally it can protect your teeth from harmful infections that could cause tooth loss as well as other serious health concerns.

You may be asking, “How do I know if I need a root canal?” For most patients, pain is the first symptom that indicates an issue. The intensity of this pain can start out very mild, but can get more severe if the issue is left untreated. Some patients also experience tooth sensitivity to hot/cold food and drinks and can have issues when biting into foods. You might also notice pain and swelling of the gum tissue surrounding the affected area.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to promptly schedule an appointment with your dentist or an exodontist. They will conduct a thorough examination of the problem and take an x-ray to determine if there are any other issues that could be causing your discomfort.

By interactive 24 May, 2016
Originally called “Smile ‘77”, this event was founded in the UK in 1977 by the British Dental Health Foundation (now known as the Oral Health Foundation). Two years after its inception, the festivities became a week-long celebration called National Smile Week and eventually it developed into the month-long dental extravaganza which is now known as National Smile Month. In 2009, Oral Health America joined efforts with the Oral Health Foundation to co-celebrate National Smile Month in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The original intention of National Smile Month was to increase positive communication and facilitate a relationship between British dentists, their patients and those in the community who were not seeking regular dental care. According to the National Smile Month website , in the early days of the celebration, only one in three people in the UK actually had their natural teeth.

The beginning purpose of National Smile Month was to provide education regarding the importance of regular preventative dental care. The objectives of this, now global, event has since become a threefold message to help provide education regarding the value proper dental care has to overall health and vitality.

  1. Brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste before bed and one other time during the day. 
  2. Reduce sugary foods and drinks from your diet.
  3. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups.

In its 40 year run, National Smile Month has had a significant impact on dental health initiatives throughout the United Kingdom and United States, providing education about the impact of preventative dental treatment and how poor dental care can lead to other health problems. Dental practitioners have used the messaging of this month long event to educate patients, speak in schools and businesses and reach the medically underserved communities around them.

At Walton Dental Health , we applaud the efforts of both the UK and US based organizations who work tirelessly to provide dental health education. We hope that the celebration of National Smile Month will help our patients and the Siouxland community embrace good dental health for a lifetime and not just for a month of recognition. This gives us all a reason to smile!

Source: http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/about-smile-month/
By interactive 13 May, 2016
According to oralcancer.org , more than 48,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and that one person every hour will die from it. Oral cancer occurs on the lips (usually the lower lip), inside the mouth, salivary glands, tonsils, on the back of the throat, esophagus, and the tongue and soft tissues of the mouth.

Risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, and infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). You can lessen your risk of developing oral cancer by abstaining from smoking and any tobacco use and by refraining from heavy alcohol consumption. If you haven’t yet been immunized, speak with your doctor about receiving the HPV vaccine. And talk to your dentist or see your medical practitioner immediately if you are experiencing any of the following oral cancer symptoms:

  • Sores in the mouth that bleed easily or don’t heal
  • A thick hard spot or lump
  • A roughened or crusted area
  • Numbness, pain, or tenderness in your mouth
  • A change in the alignment of your teeth (you notice they fit together differently when you bite down)


With oral cancer, early detection is key. If discovered and treated early, there is an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. Unfortunately, oral cancer has a statistically high death rate due to late detection. Your dentist can be your first line of defense in early detection for oral cancer. At Walton Dental Health, we agree with the American Dental Association’s recommendation of two routine visits per year to your dentist (depending on the individual, some may require more visits). Since oral cancer screenings are a part of a more extensive exam performed during routine visits to the dentist, it’s important that you make and keep regular dental appointments. Your dentist should be able to see any abnormalities in your mouth that could be oral cancer, giving you a head start on detection and treatment.

Walton Dental Health supports Oral Cancer Awareness Month and we are currently accepting new patients for oral exams. If you’re due for a checkup, contact Walton Dental Health right away to schedule your appointment with Dr. Walton. Let us help you stay on top of your dental health and one step ahead of oral cancer!

By interactive 19 Apr, 2016
A beautiful smile can improve your self-esteem and health! Many people don't realize how important oral health is to overall health. Taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums are key in preventing bigger oral health problems. With a few easy steps and regular trips to the dentist, you can reap the rewards of a healthy smile.

A dental checkup every 6 months ensures your teeth are in top shape and there aren't any oral issues developing. In addition to regular checkups, we recommend you practice these easy steps in your dental routine:
  • Brush at least 2 times a day, for upwards of 3 minutes.
  • Always keep your toothbrush clean and know when it's time to invest in a new toothbrush. 
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can't reach. 
  • Eat healthy foods packed with calcium, vitamin A and C. Avoid sugary foods and drinks. 
  • Smoking can cause gum disease, tooth loss and other oral health problems. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. 
  • Exercise preventative care and schedule regular checkups. For best results, visit a dentist every 6 months, approximately twice a year. 
At Walton Dental Health, we want you to achieve a happy, healthy, picture perfect smile! With more than 20 years in the business, we provide patient-centered service for a range of dental needs. Let us provide you with superior oral care including extractions, children's dentistry, root canals, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, implant restoration, teeth cleaning, periodontal disease treatment and more. The steps you take for your dental hygiene now will make a big different later on!
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