Regular dental check-ups are so important in in preventive dentistry because although you may not feel any pain, this does not mean there isn’t a problem. In fact, once pain develops, gum disease, cavities and many other oral conditions require more involved and costly treatment that could have been avoided or minimized if caught early on.
Don’t place your oral health low on the priority list until crisis or an emergency develops. Invest in your teeth now to maintain your oral health, beautiful smile and overall total body health and wellness. Book a New Patient Visit today and we will help you establish and maintain optimal oral health.
Gum Disease Prevention
Preventive dentistry means, checking and cleaning the mouth regularly with your Milton Dentist and Hygienist can ensure that gum infections are prevented or detected at earlier stages, meaning more inexpensive treatment and a much easier treatment plan.
There is a strong association between poor oral health and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications and respiratory disease. Preventing or controlling Periodontal Gum Disease can help reduce the chances of developing these serious illnesses.
If gum disease is allowed to progress to a more advanced stage, a deeper cleaning referred to as Scaling and Root Planing will be recommended. With Periodontal Disease, the space between the teeth and gums is more heavily populated by bacteria, plaque, calculus and tartar, causing detrimental irritation to the surrounding gums and adjacent bone. Eventual tooth loss is inevitable.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down. This is when cavities can form.
Cavities are more common among children, but changes that occur with aging make cavities an adult problem, too. Recession of the gums away from the teeth, combined with an increased incidence of gum disease, can expose tooth roots to plaque. Many older adults lacked the benefits of fluoride and modern preventive dental care when they were growing up and they often have a number of dental fillings. Over the years, these fillings may weaken and tend to fracture and leak around the edges allowing bacteria and plaque to form.
You can help prevent tooth decay by following these tips:
- Brush twice daily and floss regularly.
- Eat a nutritious and balanced diet
- Ask us about fluoride, which strengthens your teeth, and about use of dental sealants to protect them from decay.
- Visit your Milton dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examinations.