With a comprehensive strategy that includes proper nutrition, oral hygiene, and examinations and cleanings here at Maitland Avenue Dental, preventive care is most effective. Intact teeth and strong, vibrant gums can be your experience most or even all of the time.
The key to preventive care is in dealing with dental plaque, which forms on and between teeth, as well as at the gum line. It eats away your precious tooth enamel, leading to cavities in your teeth. And your gums may become irritated, inflamed, or even infected from dental plaque. Brush your teeth at every available opportunity. So long as you use a good brush and proper technique, you can’t overdo it. The ideal schedule is when you wake up, after meals, and when you’re about to go to sleep. It’s at bedtime that flossing should also be done. Get between all your teeth to loosen food particles and sticky plaque, because if any remains afterward it will eventually turn into tartar, a hardened form that can only be removed with a teeth cleaning. That’s a big reason to visit our Altamonte Springs dental office twice per year. Eliminating tartar helps to prevent new cavities. Our teeth cleaning will also reverse the effects of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Another benefit of six month checkups at our Altamonte Springs dental office is the timely detection and treatment of existing cavities, so that they do not grow large enough to put you at risk for a toothache or infection.
Advanced gum disease can result in a variety of consequences, including the loss of vital gum and bone tissue and loose teeth. As for cavities, ultimately you could need root canal or an extraction if they are allowed to go untreated. So be sure to contact our Altamonte Springs dental office so that we can schedule an appointment for you to get preventive care.