No matter how diligent and excellent of an oral health care routine you are keeping at home: brushing and flossing twice a day, rinsing your mouth after every meal, etc. etc. there are still issues that can arise that you might miss. These can leave you vulnerable to problems such as cavities and gingivitis. Scheduling regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist can help you catch these problems and treat them quickly. Here are 3 preventive services that can save your smile.
If your bite is crooked or misaligned, the chewing surfaces of your teeth may not be meeting each other evenly. This can lead to issues such as jaw dysfunctions, bruxism, trouble biting and chewing your food, as well as increasing pain and discomfort. Your dentist can treat this with occlusal adjustment, which involves your dentist optimizing how well your upper and lower teeth fit together during the chewing process.
Despite your best efforts, you may have missed a plaque-covered area of your tooth while brushing. Plaque only needs around 24 hours to develop into calcified tartar, which becomes difficult to remove without the tools that your dentist has on hand. When you schedule regular visits with your dentist, it allows your dentist to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up before it develops into cavities, infection, or gum disease.
Regular checkups and cleanings allow your dentist to spot the signs of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a gum disease that results from excessive oral bacteria (such as plaque and tartar) gathering along your gum line. During a perio cleaning, your dentist performs scaling and root planing, where you dentist accesses your roots under you gums to remove plaque and tartar, preventing gum disease from spreading further.
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Regular visits with our dentists will help ensure that your smile is at its best. Contact us at our local Frisco, TX office at 972-335-7100.