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Daily Oral Hygiene Can Prevent Gum Disease

main man in blue shirt brushing teethThe most important part of oral hygiene starts at home. Brushing and flossing, along with regular dentist visits can help prevent dental disease, including gum disease, caries, and loose teeth, unfortunately, those are the very things people neglect the most. Because of this, the incidence of gum disease and tooth decay is at an all-time high.

Stopping Dental Disease

Tooth decay can attack the teeth at any age. In fact, 84% of those aged 17 years old  are suffering from this condition. When not treated, tooth decay can cause pain and can lead to tooth loss. Losing teeth can affect how you look and how you feel about yourself and your ability to chew and speak. Treating cavities can also become expensive, so prevention and early treatment are important.

It may surprise you to know that 60% of those aged 15 years and younger suffer from gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, thus kids entering their pre-teen years are requiring gum disease treatment. Gingivitis is generally a result of an over accumulation of dental plaque, but it can be controlled.

If you remove plaque regularly, and follow good oral hygiene habits, your gums will remain in a healthy state. However, when you neglect professional cleanings, plague builds up, leading to most serious diseases of the gums.

Visiting the dentist

The main reason you should visit the dentist every six months is prevention. Regular dental cleanings can prevent tooth decay, and minimize gum disease that ultimately put your dental and oral health at risk.

Stuart dentist, Dr Dan Casel or Dr Patrick Williams, experts in adult dentistry, will examine your teeth, your gums and other important parts of your mouth. These Stuart dentists will also examine your jaw joints. To do this, they use a mirror and a metal instrument used to make it easier to check the crown – the visible part – of each tooth. This is done to check the scale and evidence of looseness in the teeth or cavities. The dentist may also check your bite and the way your teeth fit together (also called occlusion).

Dr Dan Casel or Dr Patrick Williams will examine the general condition of your gums, which should be firm and pink, rather than fragile, swollen or inflamed. Your dentist will also use instruments to check the periodontal pockets, the slight depression where each tooth is attached to the gum. Deep pockets that are receding from the teeth are evidence of gum disease and will require gum disease treatment before the problem becomes more advanced.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Dark hair girl holding tooth brushBrushing and flossing are the most important steps you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and while brushing teeth is important, alone it does not remove the heavy coating of plague stuck to your teethes enamel. Teeth require professional cleanings in order to remove plague.

Professional teeth cleaning at the Premier Dentistry of Stuart is performed by a dental hygienist. The cleaning involves removing hardened tartar deposits using a high frequency ultrasound instrument. After cleaning, the dental hygienist will polish your teeth. This process cleans and smooths the surfaces of your teeth, removing topical stains and making it difficult for plaque to adhere to your teeth. Finally, the hygienist may apply a fluorine compound or sealant to help prevent tooth decay.

It’s likely that by neglecting your oral hygiene today, it will certainly lead to future dental problems. Schedule a consultation at Premier Dentistry of Stuart today.

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