Spring Clean Your Mouth

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Spring is here, and in the spirit of spring cleaning, it is important to also spring clean your mouth! 

In your house, you need to clean up and get rid of old things, but what do you need to do in your mouth?

Well, I want to teach you how to spring clean your mouth by cleaning up and avoiding a common dental problem: periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease affects 47% of adults over the age of 30.

And as you become more seasoned in life, your risk of periodontal disease increases to roughly 70% at the age of 65 according to the CDC.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the gums and causes recession and bone loss.

With extreme conditions, this disease can even lead to loss of teeth. 

Healthy Gums
Periodontal Disease

Consequences of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease also has far reaching systemic implications such as:

  • A huge increase of risk for heart disease
  • A 200% increase in risk for stroke
  • Difficulty managing diabetes and
  • New research showing a possible link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s


How To Spring Clean Your Mouth

Your mouth is the main way that things enter your body and how humans get nutrients.

So, if the mouth is infected with the bacteria of gingivitis or periodontal disease, then every time we swallow, chew, eat, brush and floss that bacteria is being introduced into the body systemically.

So what can you do to clean out that bacteria or avoid it in the first place?

Check out these blogs or read more about avoiding periodontal disease here!

One of the big indicators of the disease is inflammation in the mouth and bleeding gums.

When the gums bleed, that creates direct access for the bacteria to enter the bloodstream and be carried to all parts of the body.  

Periodontal disease is very maintainable, to the point that there is no more inflammation. 

Periodontal disease is normally treated by a procedure called scaling and root planing; I like to call it a Therapeutic Cleaning.

At Total Care Dental and Wellness, we also take a whole health approach.

Not only do we get all of the tartar and plaque (the bacteria) off the teeth, we also flush the gums with Ozone water and the pockets with Ozone Gas.

To address the systemic effects of the periodontal disease there are several take home products and supplements we recommend to support you body road back to clean and healthy.

That’s how you can spring clean your mouth!

I, Dr. Derek and the rest of the Total Care Team look forward to seeing you soon.


Keep smiling


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Get to Know the Author

Dr. Derek Preble

Dr. Derek Preble loves to help people with his passion for dentistry. Dr. Derek’s path to becoming a dentist was a little roundabout for someone that grew up in a dental office, but because of this, he knows dentistry is his passion and has been known to say that he gets to come to work to play all day.

Dr. Derek has been working in the dental field since 2003, while going to the University of Utah for a Bachelor of fine arts in sculpture, first working as a delta lab technician. After graduating from the U, Dr. Derek started a mobile 3d imaging business for dentists across the Wasatch front, running that business and working with patients made him realize the joy he got from helping people.

This started him on the path to become a dentist. During the time of running the imaging business and during dental school, Dr. Preble worked as a diagnostic technician for the Vivos Dental sleep appliance.

After graduating from Roseman University’s College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Preble went to work as the lead Dentist for a busy corporate office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Derek is excited to be back in Utah at Total Care Dental, not only because it brings him back to his roots and close to family, but provides him the opportunity to help patients with a more comprehensive whole health approach.

When Dr. Derek is not at the office or trying to expand his dental knowledge and treatment options; he is spending time with his loving wife and 2 boys. He and his family love spending time in nature. Dr. Derek also plays in the occasional hockey game.