Preventive care is simple and a lot more effective than only reacting to problems after they arise. It may not be possible to eliminate 100% of tooth decay/cavities and incidents of gum disease, but here at Strong & Healthy Smiles, our Northampton dental office sure can make them rare occurrences.
Tooth decay and gum disease are both the result of dental plaque, the film-like bacteria that grows on teeth and at the gum line. Given enough time to do so, plaque will erode tooth enamel enough to make you susceptible to toothaches, infections, and the need for root canal or even an extraction. In addition, your gums can become irritated, inflamed, and eventually infected. Our Northampton dental office suggests eating and drinking less sugar, since it is fuel for the development of plaque. This is also true of starches, which act like sugars when it comes to your oral health. Brush your teeth when you wake up, as well as before bed, which should be combined with a thorough flossing. You’ll remove the majority of plaque. What remains will harden into tartar, for which you need to visit our Northampton dental office every six months. A professional teeth cleaning is required to eliminate tartar buildup so that your teeth and gums are not at increased risk. Any signs of early stage gum disease are reversed with a teeth cleaning, and with our full dental exam, any cavities that have formed are diagnosed promptly, leading to treatment by filling them. Ignoring these essential sessions at our Northampton dental office can put your teeth and gums in jeopardy.
All you have to do is reach out and contact us to set up an appointment for a convenient time to come in an have the simple preventive care that makes all the difference in maintaining optimal dental and periodontal wellness.