The Importance of Routine Dental Cleanings
With the recent advancements in modern dentistry, there are many ways a dentist can approach a dental cleaning based on one’s oral health. Typically, it’s customary to have a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year to prevent the accumulation of plaque and tartar that build around the gums and teeth. Waiting too long to see your dentist could lead to harmful conditions such as gingivitis or periodontal disease.
What Can Plaque Do to My Teeth?
When a patient has an abundant amount of plaque due to lack of routine dental cleanings, the bacteria around the teeth can cause the gums to loosen and detach from the “dirty” tooth because it senses harboring infection. When this accumulation proceeds below the gum line, it could possibly affect the structure of your tooth, causing bone loss in the area, also known as periodontal disease.
There are different classifications of periodontal disease based on the extent of bone loss, but it is imperative that the patient knows that once bone loss occurs it is almost impossible to get it back. In severe cases, a patient can lose all of their teeth due to periodontal disease, even if there is not a single cavity or fracture on the tooth or teeth.
Healthy Mouth for a Healthy Life
If you didn’t already have enough reasons to take extra care of your teeth and gums, the correlation between your oral and overall health provides even more reason to do so. Without a solid foundation in good dental hygiene practices, you jeopardize the well-being of both your mouth and body. That’s why it’s so important to receive the basic treatments your teeth need to properly function every day.
Please contact us online or call (201) 809-9566 to schedule an appointment at one of our dental offices in Paramus, NJ or Spring Valley, NY.