Prevention is important in many aspects of your health, but it is particularly important when it comes to your oral health. Most dental issues are progressive, which means that once they start, they will progressively get worse until they are treated. Routine dental cleanings are an essential part of preventative dentistry. Professional cleanings, as well as your hygiene routine at home, can help prevent the accumulation of harmful oral bacteria in the form of plaque on your teeth. Constant removal of this bio-film can prevent the bacteria it contains from damaging your gums and teeth. Constant removal comes from your daily routine along with dental cleanings at least twice a year.
Your Hygiene’s Limitations
Your daily hygiene can help you to remove most of that harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth throughout every day. Any time that you miss a spot of plaque, it can calcify into tartar. Calcification of plaque will make it to hard to remove by brushing or flossing. The longer that spot of tartar remains in your mouth, no matter how small it may be, the longer it has to cause tooth decay and gum disease. Routine dental cleanings ensure that any buildup of hardened tartar can be removed from your smile.
Issues That Cannot Be Reversed
While some oral health issues can be corrected by reversing the problem, i.e. straightening crooked teeth or repairing damaged jaw joints, advanced tooth decay and gum disease cannot be reversed. Only in the earliest of stages can tooth decay and gum disease be reversed. These issues are typically not noticeable to you in the earliest stages, as they are usually not visible or painful, but they can be noticed by your dentist or hygienist. If noticed early enough, a dental cleaning can reverse them. However, once gum disease or tooth decay causes damage to your gums or teeth, those parts of your body cannot be regenerated. This is what makes prevention so important to your smile.
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Regular cleanings protect your smile. To schedule a consultation with your dentist, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.