It is only through routine care that we can reduce your risk for cavities and periodontitis. When bacteria accumulate on your teeth, they will gradually build up into sticky plaque and hard tartar. Because bacteria will then be in constant contact with your teeth, they will feed off of the starches in your food, producing acid. The acids will erode your enamel, and the microbes will work their way deeper into your teeth. Over time, cavities can form. The bacteria can slowly work their way into your gums, where they can cause inflammation and create pockets around your dental roots. It is only a matter of time until these pockets grow larger, causing widespread tooth loss.
Exams and cleanings are the fundamental preventive treatments. At each visit, your hygienist will gently buff your teeth to remove bacteria and scale away any hard tartar.
Preventive care can eliminate harmful substances and keep these problems at bay and eliminate the need for costly treatments. We can also treat existing cavities and gum disease early, using more conservative methods. Therefore, it is important to visit us regularly, typically at six-month intervals. If you already have gum disease, or you struggle with recurring decay, you may want to book additional appointments.