Preventive care can mean not needing treatment later. A strong foundation of oral hygiene at home along with two visits per year to our Tarrytown dentist office at Briarcliff Smile Design will keep tooth decay and gum disease from being frequent outcomes at your next dental exam.
Plaque, and tartar, which is a hardened form of plaque, are what lead to tooth decay and gum disease. They are bacterial in nature, and erode your tooth enamel until cavities have been formed. As for your gums, the initial effects are irritation and redness, but later that can become bleeding gums, receding gums, infection, persistent bad breath, loss of gum and bone, and loose teeth. At the start of preventive care is your day-to-day diet. Try to limit your consumption of sugar and starch, both of which are catalysts for plaque development. Brush your teeth as soon as you awaken each day, and then again right before you go to sleep. Floss thoroughly at bedtime, too. Tartar comes from plaque that is not removed with your oral hygiene routine, and it is not effectively addressed with brushing and flossing. However, when you visit our Tarrytown dentist twice per year, in addition to your examination and periodic x-rays, you will also have a teeth cleaning. Tartar buildup is eliminated, along with residual plaque. There’s added benefit, though. Any signs of early stage gum disease, gingivitis, are reversed with a cleaning. You’re truly setting the stage for continued oral well-being. Our Tarrytown dentist will also detect any cavities and fill them before they are allowed to grow and put you at greater risk for toothaches and infections.
With a few simple and routine steps, preventive care can make a huge difference in the maintenance of cavity-free teeth and strong, vibrant gums. While you’re thinking of it, contact our office to schedule an appointment with our Tarrytown dentist.