Preventive dental care is much more efficient than to wait for problems to pop up and then have them treated. And while it is not possible to eliminate cavities and gum disease 100% in everyone, at Crown Dental, we can reduce the incidents of such concerns greatly by recommending a combination of at-home oral hygiene and regular visits to see our Hugo MO dentist.
Tooth decay and gum disease are the two most common difficulties that are addressed as part of preventive care. Dental plaque is at the foundation of causing both. It is a film-like bacteria that grows on and between your teeth, wreaking havoc by eating away your tooth enamel and irritating your gums. Given enough time, it can inflame and infect your gums, too. You can limit the effects of plaque by eating less sugar, which acts as fuel for plaque. Brush at least twice per day, when you wake and before you go to bed; and also floss thoroughly before bedtime. Doing so will remove most of the plaque that you have. Unfortunately, however, some of it tends to hide out of reach, in gum pockets. It then hardens into tartar, which can only be removed with a professional teeth cleaning, such as the one you get when you visit our Hugo MO dentist for your twice-yearly checkup. A teeth cleaning has two purposes: not only will it get rid of all the plaque and tartar, but if you have any indications of early stage gum disease, it will actually reverse it. The longer that plaque and tartar remain, the most likely they are to cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Schedule an appointment for preventive care by our Hugo MO dentist by calling us right now. That small effort right now will serve to help you avoid bigger issues later on.