Preventive care is the best way to avoid many treatments. There are three key components: good nutrition limited in sugar, sound at-home oral hygiene, and visits to our office here at Verna & Mulahu twice per year. Together, this strategy will result in less incidences of tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental plaque is the beginning of those cavities and the harm to your gums. Along with its hardened version, tartar, which develops from plaque that evades your toothbrush and dental floss, plaque erodes your precious tooth enamel and irritates, inflames, and infects your gums. Sugar is a catalyst for the formation of plaque, so keep a close watch on what you take in through foods and drinks. Brush your teeth when you wake up, and again before you go to bed. You should also floss before you go to sleep. If you use proper technique, and our Midtown dental office will offer instruction on how to do so, you will get rid of the majority of plaque in your mouth. The tartar that builds up, however, cannot be efficiently eliminated with your own oral hygiene efforts. It takes a teeth cleaning at our Midtown dental office for that. Get one every six months for optimal results. In addition to ridding tartar and residual plaque, teeth cleanings also halt the progress of early stage gum disease, and reverse its effects. This is crucial, because if gum disease advances, you can experience alarming symptoms such as receding gums, persistent bad breath, bleeding when you brush, loss of gum and bone tissue, and possibly loose teeth. Don’t forget, your six month visits to our Midtown dental office will also ensure that any cavities you do have are filled promptly, reducing the chances of toothaches, infections, root canal, and tooth extractions.
Contact us right now and schedule a session at our Midtown dental office for a complete exam and cleaning; the best preventive care available.