Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! We love seeing your perfect smiles in our office, but dentistry isn’t just about what happens at your appointments. Your teeth require daily cleaning. Sticking to that routine and developing good habits is the only way to prevent gum disease. It is so easy to do, that it’s astounding that 30-50% of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease.
Prevention is a routine of twice daily brushing and flossing, as well as twice yearly dental cleaning with a professional. Proper plaque control keeps your mouth from developing a bacterial jungle between teeth. Your at-home regimen is simple and effective:
• Brushing removes plaque from the surface of teeth.
• Flossing eliminates hard-to-reach plaque between teeth and below the gum line.
• Mouthwash can kill bacteria that cause gum disease.
Dental cleanings are more fun for everyone when you stick to a routine at home. Think of it as prescribed medicine from a doctor. Would you skip doses of a pill that prevented gum disease?
Without hard plaque (aka dental calculus), cleaning your teeth is a much smoother process. It’s less painful and much shorter for the patient, and much easier and much less stressful for the dentist. We worry about you. We don’t want you to be in pain. But difficult to remove build-up must be removed with hand scalers. Large patches of this can take an involved process to remove.
Save yourself from gum disease, save yourself from uncomfortable dental check-ups. Practice good dental hygiene at home to prevent gum disease and keep a healthy mouth!