If you want to make sure that your gums and teeth stay healthy, you will want to come to our office on a regular basis to have professional teeth cleanings. It is also very important to take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home. This can be done with daily tooth brushing and flossing. However, this at-home regimen is not all that is needed in order to keep your gums healthy. It is very important that you come in to see our Midwood dentist for a checkup and teeth cleaning to make sure that you do not develop gum disease or other oral problems.
Even the very best at-home teeth cleaning regimen can leave some plaque and bacteria on teeth. When plaque is allowed to stay on teeth for even a short amount of time, it will harden and turn into tartar. Tartar is a mineralized substance which tightly adheres to teeth. It can only be removed with professional dental cleaning instruments. If tartar is allowed to stay on teeth, it will encourage the development of deep pockets to form between your teeth and gums. Plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food debris will all gather in these deep pockets causing gum disease. Infection will form and may possibly travel down to your jawbone. When this occurs, your teeth will begin to loosen and may even fall out. Infection from gum disease can also travel through your bloodstream to other parts of your body and cause serious health issues including heart problems and other serious medical problems, as well. Our Midwood dentist should also see you for periodic dental exams to make sure that your entire mouth, teeth, and gums are staying healthy. If it is determined that you have gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, it will most likely be recommended that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to get your gums healthy once again. If mild-to-moderate gum disease has developed, you will need to have a periodontal scaling and root planing treatment which acts as a deep cleaning for the gums.
When you come to the office of our Midwood dentist for a teeth cleaning, you will also be protecting your teeth in another way. When plaque is on teeth, it will help to promote tooth decay. So by having a teeth cleaning, you will also be protecting your teeth from getting any cavities. If you would like an appointment to see our top-notch dentist, Dr. Leonard Zhukovsky, contact us at A Plus Dental, PC today.
By A Plus Dental, PC
August 15, 2016