Dental Procedures

 

Preventative Care

 

Regular Checkups

Regular checkups are important to help detect problems that may exist in your mouth at an early stage. Dental problems left untreated, can get severely worse to the point causing the loss of teeth.

Recurrent decay (decay around existing fillings) can be detected during checkup exams. If left untreated, the decay will spread underneath the filling and the tooth may require extensive treatment. Also, regular x-rays help to find problems that may not be visible. Be sure to maintain a checkup schedule that your doctor recommends.

 

Regular Cleanings

If teeth are not brushed and flossed daily, plaque builds up on the teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky accumulation of bacteria, which if not removed from the surfaces of the teeth, will cause dental decay, gingivitis and can also lead to periodontal disease (bone loss). In its initial stage, plaque is soft and can be easily removed with proper brushing and flossing. If plaque is left to accumulate on the teeth, it calcifies and becomes a hard, tenacious substance called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing, and must be removed by your dental hygienist. Even though tartar is calcified plaque, it also contains bacteria which are still active and are capable of causing dental decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Don't let plaque attack your teeth, gums and bone. Have good oral hygiene. Good prevention is to continue regular checkups and regular cleanings.