Teeth aren't the only things in your mouth that require attention. Everything in your mouth, from your gums to your tongue, molars to canines, requires adequate care to stay healthy. The gums and underlying bones in your mouth play a crucial role in keeping your teeth in place. That work may be more difficult if they aren't in good health. Poor gum health might result in disease that spreads to other regions of your body. Gum disease has been related to various illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. The best way to prevent gum disease is by brushing and flossing daily and visiting Down to Earth Dental for the best care tailored to your needs.
Plaque and tartar buildup can cause gum disease, leading to tooth loss and bone loss. Your gums also support your teeth, so if they are unhealthy, your teeth may be too. Healthy gum tissue does not mean perfectly pink, but it does mean that your gums are firm and do not bleed easily when you brush or floss them.
Without regular preventive care, plaque can harden into tartar on your teeth, causing irritation and inflammation to your gums. This can lead to gingivitis, which, if left untreated, can lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a severe condition resulting in tooth loss and extreme gum recession.
You need to brush at least twice a day. Ideally, it would help if you brushed in the morning and before bed. You should floss every day as well. This will help clear away food and plaque from your teeth and between your teeth and gums. It can also help prevent the formation of cavities and gum disease.
During your visit, your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and apply fluoride to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay. A dentist will also examine your mouth for any signs of gum disease and recommend appropriate treatment if necessary.
In addition, your dentist may recommend additional preventive treatments based on your oral health needs, such as sealants or night guards. These treatments are more effective when they are applied as part of a comprehensive treatment plan rather than as standalone procedures.
Not only will quitting smoking help your oral and overall health, but it will also improve your smile’s appearance by preventing yellowing and other discolorations. In addition, smokeless tobacco products such as snuff can cause severe tooth damage and even tooth loss. Tobacco use in any form makes it difficult for the mouth to recover after dental procedures, and some procedures may not be safe.
During your routine visits, our hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar you may have missed while brushing and flossing at home. Get in touch with Down to Earth Dental at 1407 W 29th St, Pueblo, CO 81008, or call (719) 546 0404 to schedule an appointment.