What does preventive care mean? It refers to daily brushing and flossing, eating a nutritious diet, and coming in to see our dentist, Richard L. Kalmans, D.D.S. two times every year for a compete examination and teeth cleaning. With a comprehensive strategy, it’s much easier to maintain cavity-free teeth and strong, vibrant gums.
Dental plaque is a film-like bacteria. It’s invisible, it’s sticky, and it is the cause of both tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque grows on teeth as well as along the gum line. It erodes your precious enamel and it irritates, inflames, and infects gums. Sugar and starch in your diet are catalysts for the formation of plaque, so to the extent that you can keep them limited in your foods and drinks, the better of you’re likely to be when it come to oral health. Brushing twice per day (morning and night) along with a thorough bedtime flossing will succeed in removing most if not all of the plaque that has formed. If any escapes your reach or hides away, though, it will turn to tartar, a hardened and crusty form of plaque that is not easily addressed at hone. Our Stamford dental office can do so, however. That’s what a teeth cleaning every six months is for: eliminating tartar buildup. And also reversing any signs of early stage gum disease, or gingivitis. If you don’t come in for a teeth cleaning, gingivitis can progress to the advanced stage called periodontitis, which can put your gums and your teeth in jeopardy, as well as cause you persistent bad breath and receding gums, which may make you feel self-conscious. You will also get an examination and periodic x-rays at our Stamford dental office, assuring you that any cavities found will be filled promptly, making infections, root canal, and extractions less likely to occur.
Schedule your visit to our Stamford dental office right now. Make preventive care a priority.