Preventive care is the cornerstone of optimal oral health. We at Commack Dental Associates recommend that you come in two times per year to our Dix Hills dental office for a complete examination and cleaning. It is always far more efficient and comfortable to stop cavities and gum disease from forming at all rather than having to treat them after the fact.
Dental plaque is at the center of preventive care. It’s a film-like bacteria that grows on and between your teeth, as well as between your teeth and gums. When you awake each morning, you can feel the presence of it. Plaque is that unpleasant coating that you sense on your teeth and your tongue. It’s why it feels so refreshing to brush your teeth first thing. Doing so also is a part of your preventive care, along with brushing again before bed, at which time you should also do a thorough flossing. The goal is to remove as much plaque as promptly as possible. However, tartar develops from the plaque that evades your oral hygiene routine. You cannot eliminate tartar with brushing and flossing, but a visit to our Dix Hills dental office once per six months ensures that it does have sufficient time to result in severe consequences. Eradicating tartar is just one of the benefits of a teeth cleaning. The other is the reversal of early stage gum disease, gingivitis, so that it will not progress to an advanced stage, which brings with it signs like persistent bad breath, receding gums, bleeding when you brush, and possibly loss of gum and bone tissue that leads to loose teeth. Our dental exam also makes certain that any cavities are detected and treated so they won’t grow large enough to put you at risk for toothaches, infections, and the need for root canal or an extraction.
Call our Dix Hills dental office right now and schedule your next visit for preventive care.