Good oral health habits are essential in maintaining good oral health. Good oral hygiene is keeping one’s teeth clean to prevent cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. Good oral hygiene isn’t just about brushing and flossing your teeth daily; it’s about maintaining the health of your mouth and the gums around it! Here are a few things our dentist will focus on during your dental appointment at Dental 2000.
Professional cleaning is a great way to remove plaque from the surfaces of the teeth that at-home care can’t. Your hygienist can also clean the spaces between the teeth, where gum disease often begins.
During your exam, your dentist will check for tooth decay and other issues that could lead to future problems if left untreated. X-rays may also be taken to examine what’s happening below the gum line closely.
Oral Cancer Screening
The dentist will examine your entire mouth to check for any signs of oral cancer. This screening also helps to detect other issues like frequent canker sores or leukoplakia.
Gum Disease Treatment
Treating gum disease requires a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. This process is done when the bacteria has gotten beneath the gum line and is causing damage to the underlying bone structure.
How Can Plaque Affect Your Gums and Teeth?
When plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth, it can cause several issues. This includes tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. A dentist can help you prevent these problems by providing the proper oral care you need. Plaque buildup harms the soft tissues of your mouth because bacteria thrive in the plaque, which causes infection and other problems. In extreme cases, if left untreated, the bacteria can lead to advanced periodontitis and, eventually, the loss of your teeth. Cleanings with a dental hygienist can prevent these serious issues from developing or getting worse. The dentist can also provide instructions on properly caring for your teeth and gums at home to keep your smile healthy and strong.
Why Is It Essential to Visit the Dentist Regularly?
Your dentist can help you maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Regular examinations and cleanings can help detect oral health issues early on, giving them a better chance of being treated successfully. Seeing your dentist often also lets you keep up to date on proper oral hygiene habits at home so that you can stay on top of your oral health in-between visits.
If you are interested in learning more about how to keep your smile healthy and bright, visit Dental 2000 at 39 Creek Rd Suite #210, Irvine, CA 92604, or call (949) 857-6757.