“Dr. Shumway and his staff always make their patients’ care and comfort their number one priority. They keep up with the latest technology in dental procedures to make certain they are providing the highest quality dental care. We also appreciate how their schedule runs on time, and they always respond to unexpected dental emergencies in a timely manner.”
“I have been going to Dr. Shumway going on 5+ years. The staff is very courteous and professional. The office is also very big on technology and has new gadgets to try out. I go every six months for cleaning and check up and they send out reminder postcards about your upcoming appointment so you don't forget. Also, there is a yogurt machine on your way out.”
“They are always very friendly! And they remember I have Rottwielers and ask how they are doing!!”
“Dr. Shumway is always positive and friendly. This makes the staff the same way. Everyone is so concerned for the patient’s comfort. Calling the next day to be sure you’re not having trouble with the dental procedures is a real plus. We travel over 180 miles one way because we won’t go to any other dentist.”
“It is an excellent office; well-run and efficient, but also friendly, which is most important. Keep it up!”
“Even thought this is a dental office (and I don’t like dentists that much), Dr. Shumway and his staff are always polite and compassionate to their patient’s concerns. Also, they make me want to continue to come in for treatments on a regular basis. If I feel comfortable recommending Dr. Shumway to the people I work with and my friends, then that should let you know what kind of office and staff they have.”
“Cannot remember being in an office environment where the staff appeared more connected and caring for each other. Keep up the good work. The atmosphere is one of peace and love, so I feel obligated to come in and shake things up!”
“The staff is great and friendly. I love Dr. Shumway – He is the greatest. He never causes me any pain. He spends time explaining all issues to me.”
What to Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning
When you visit Shumway Dental Care in Chandler, your professional teeth cleaning (dental prophylaxis) is performed by a Registered Dental Hygienist. It will include the following…
Plaque Removal: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible biofilm that forms on the teeth from food debris, saliva and growing colonies of living bacteria. These bacteria feed on the food debris and produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums and cause periodontal disease.
Calculus (Tartar) Removal: Calculus is hardened plaque that is firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Teeth Polishing: Polishing leaves your teeth feeling silky smooth and removes stains and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
You should schedule teeth cleaning for every 6 months. Call today and we can get you set up with an appointment.
Health Reasons for Dental Cleaning
Tooth decay, foul breath, swollen and bleeding gums are directly linked to poor oral hygiene but your mouth is not the only part of your body-or anyone else’s-that may suffer when plaque and bacteria build up beyond what daily oral care alone can manage. Regular teeth cleaning is about more than just having clean teeth. Scientists are working to establish cause and effect of several known links between poor oral health and other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, premature birth, dementia and more.
What Is All the Fuss?
Poor oral hygiene is known to lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss but not yet known to cause other health risks mentioned here. What is known are some strong links between plaque buildup and oral bacteria escaping the mouth and entering the bloodstream where they attack major organs already compromised by existing health conditions. Inflammation from periodontal disease can increase underlying inflammation in diseases throughout the body such as heart disease. Periodic teeth cleanings remove plaque and tartar build up that even the best daily oral care efforts miss.
Bacteria from the mouth could be inhaled into the lungs, making it more difficult to breathe.
Oral plaque is a third type of plaque that threatens heart health. Joint recommendations from The American Journal of Cardiology and The Academy of Periodontology encourage periodontists and cardiologists to ask their respective patients about family history of heart disease, personal heart health and gum disease. Increased awareness by physicians of patients with high risk of either or both may help determine the best treatment plan for managing dual inflammatory diseases.
Cognitive Health Risks
Participants with severe gum disease scored worse on calculations and memory tests than those without gum disease. Even mildly affected cognitive impairments, such as memory problems, can make daily activities more challenging. Gum disease also raises the risk of later-in-life dementia.
Chronic inflammation is common to both this autoimmune disease and periodontal disease. Bodies already marked by painful joints and racked with inflammation from RA are vulnerable to the inflammation from underlying periodontal disease. Treatment of periodontal disease lessened morning stiffness, swelling and pain in those with severe forms of RA. Deep cleaning is a part of this treatment for gum disease but regular teeth cleanings can help to prevent it.
Those with diabetes are more likely to be stricken with infections, including gum disease, than people who do not have the disease. Inflammation may be partly responsible for this higher risk.
There are conflicting results from studies on this link, but some show that women with gum disease are more likely to experience preterm births. Getting treatment before the 35th week decreases this risk and the associated risks to a preterm baby.
During regular teeth cleanings and dental exams, the dentist will check your tongue and mouth for signs of oral cancer.
Regular tooth brushing and flossing help protect your teeth and gums from day to day, but regular teeth cleanings by professionals are part of the best strategy to combat gum disease and other long-term health risks from plaque and bacteria build up in the mouth.