Preventative Dentistry

Preventive measures can do wonders for your dental health. A few simple home care practices, paired with regular visits to your dental professional will go a long way toward maintaining optimal oral health and healthy body. Daily preventive procedures share the common goal of disturbing bacteria in the mouth.

If allowed to build up, bacteria adheres to the teeth, tongue and soft tissue which becomes plaque, that over time can mineralize into a hard substance called calculus. Only professional cleanings can remove calculus. Calculus harbors bacteria.

Inadequate home care is the primary cause of gingivitis (inflamed gums), periodontitis (bacterial gum disease), and oral malodor (bad breath). Patients can minimize bacterial accumulation through regular brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, tooth pick, and periodic dental hygiene appointments (dental prophylaxis). This bacteria is now linked with Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Early Term, Low Birth Rate in Pregnancy.

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