Oral health is very closely linked to your overall health. An important part of keeping your mouth healthy is preventative care. Most major dental issues can be prevented with strong oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Your dentist can examine your teeth and gums to stay on top of potential problems. Strong oral hygiene includes brushing and flossing twice daily at home, but it also includes professional cleanings at your dentist’s office. A professional cleaning can remove any built-up plaque or tartar before they can cause gum disease or tooth decay. A toothache should not be the only reason that you visit your dentist.
Preventing progressive decay
Cavities and decay can happen even with the strongest of oral hygiene. Cracks and chips in your teeth can be caused by chewing, injury, or teeth grinding. These cracks and chips can become susceptible to hidden bacteria that can cause decay. Whether a cavity was caused by a crack or from a lax in oral hygiene, it can be treated. A cavity that is left untreated can continue to grow deeper into the tooth. Once into the inner layers of the tooth, the cavity can cause pain and infection. Once an infection has formed in the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal treatment may be needed. Ultimately, if the decay goes so long without treatment that extraction is the only option. Early diagnosis can happen at a check-up. Early treatment can stop decay from progressing.
Preventing gum disease
Similarly to tooth decay, gum disease will progress the longer it remains untreated. Gingivitis, the mild, early form of gum disease, can be treated with a professional cleaning of the gums. Left untreated, the gums can become infected and leave the gums too weak to support the teeth.
Checkups and cleanings protect your teeth
Maintaining a regular schedule of checkups and cleanings can keep you and your mouth healthy. To schedule a consultation, call Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.