When it comes to caring for your teeth and gums, even the simplest actions can have a major impact on your oral health.
We often hear from people who view routine dental exams as less important than major procedures, such as root canal therapy or having teeth extracted.
At the office of Dr. Janice Spada, Sudbury MA dentist, we encourage our patients to visit us at least once every six months for dental checkups. It’s only twice a year, and it’s more than just a chance to polish your pretty smile. Actually, regular visits to your dentist are more a matter of prevention and early detection of oral health issues that could have dire consequences.
What’s the Big Deal About Plaque?
Bacteria living in your mouth mix with sugar and leftover food, forming plaque and creating destructive acidic by-products. Acid eats away at your tooth enamel, resulting in the formation of tiny pits and roughness on the surface of your teeth.
These pits make staining more likely, causing your teeth to appear yellow or even brown. The enamel, badly weakened by acid, can no longer protect your teeth from bacteria and infection.
As a result, you become more likely to develop cavities deep within your teeth. You experience toothaches, heightened sensitivity to temperature, and a greater likelihood of developing a severe oral infection.
The American Dental Association recommends visiting and having your teeth cleaned by a dentist every six months.
What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?
Dr. Spada will begin by addressing your questions and concerns about oral hygiene and potential health problems. The cleaning procedure begins when we carefully remove the sticky, yellow film of plaque that hides between teeth and on the surfaces.
If plaque has built up or hardened into tartar, this part of your appointment may take somewhat longer to complete. In eliminating traces of plaque, we also remove surface stains to restore your natural tooth color. Removing plaque and tartar means removing the most common culprit of unpleasant breath.
Plaque has a toxic effect on gums, making you more prone to developing gum disease. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may require more frequent cleanings.
What Else Should I Know About Plaque and Gum Disease?
Toxins irritate the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place, causing inflammation that forces your gum tissue to pull away from your teeth. This causes tiny pockets to form beneath the gum line. Bacteria populate these pockets, ravaging the gums and causing teeth to separate or loosen.
Without treatment, the teeth may even fall out. If your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth, you may have gingivitis, a mild form of the disease. Other symptoms include puffy, red gums, sensitivity, and bad breath that persists throughout the day.
By visiting our office regularly, you give us an opportunity to identify and treat these symptoms before they culminate in tooth and bone loss. Otherwise, you may require dentures or dental implants.
Have you had a dental exam recently? To learn more about preventive dentistry in Sudbury, MA, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Janice Spada, contact our office at (978) 443-3111. We welcome patients living in Boston, Marlborough, Framingham, and the neighboring communities.