Strong and healthy teeth and gums start with a solid foundation of good dental hygiene. Your attention to daily brushing and flossing, eating a nutritious diet, and limiting the amount of sugar you consume in both foods and drinks are all essential. But a twice yearly dental exam that includes a teeth cleaning is also vital to ensuring the optimal well-being of your mouth. A checkup and x-rays will detect any signs of tooth decay or gum disease so that our general dentist in 01887 can treat them and prevent them from worsening. But the underlying reason for those problems is the plaque (and it’s hardened form, tartar) that can evade your toothbrush and your floss, hiding between teeth and in your gum pockets. Unless it is removed, you will remain at greater risk for cavities as well as gum inflammation and infections.
You may fail to remove plaque that hides from your toothbrush and your dental floss, but when it turns to tartar then it cannot be removed at all except with professional dental cleanings. Gum disease begins as gingivitis and our general dentist in 01887 can usually reverse its effects with a cleaning or two. Your gums then immediately begin to improve, returning back to their normal and healthy pink color, rather than being red and irritated. As gingivitis goes unaddressed, though, further symptoms arise and they can include bleeding gums when you brush your teeth and persistent bad breath. The more advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. This can bring with it a loss of gum or bone tissue and it may weaken your gums enough to cause loose teeth. When you consider all of these possible consequences and how simple and easy it is to get a dental cleaning, there is simply no reason not to get one every six months.
With the plaque, tartar, and food remnants removed, both your teeth and your gums get a fresh start on being their healthiest. It is always smarter and easier to prevent disease than it is to treat it. So call our general dentist in 01887 today and schedule your dental exam and cleaning.