Getting preventive care is the best strategy for heading off potential problems with your teeth and gums later on. At Dental Specialty Associates, we can assure you that by tending to your oral hygiene at home and making a trip to see our Financial District dentist two times per year, you will be putting the odds in your favor when it comes to avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.
It is dental plaque, along with tartar, which forms when plaque hardens, that are responsible for tooth decay and the cavities it causes. In addition, your gums can become red and irritated due to plaque and tartar. Small cavities continue to grow, eventually leaving a path for bacteria to enter your tooth. Pain, infection, and root canal may follow. As for your gums, redness and irritation aren’t too alarming, but receding gums, bleeding while brushing, consistent bad breath, inflammation, infection, and loss of gum and bone tissue certainly are. Those are all possible effects of later stage gum disease, called periodontitis. Well, when you come in for a six month checkup with our Financial District dentist, along with getting a teeth cleaning at the same session, any cavities that are diagnosed will be filled promptly. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is reversed with a teeth cleaning, which also succeeds in eradicating tartar buildup so that future cavities and gum disease are less likely. In between your trips to our Financial District dentist, be sure to brush your teeth in the morning, and again before bed. Also, floss between your teeth at bedtime. Doing so reduces the risk of suffering the consequences of plaque and tartar.
Contact our office right now, while it’s on your mind. Arrange a time to come in for a dental examination and teeth cleaning. Take advantage of our preventive care.