Why not start the new year off right by resolving to improve your dental health?
Make a New Year’s resolution to start the year off right with a routine visit to our dentist in Rancho Bernardo. You see, “regular” dental cleanings and checkups are more than just routine. These checkups are preventative visits that can help reduce your risk of developing oral disease and treatment needs over the life of your smile.
It is best to have your teeth cleaned at least once every six months. Our Rancho Bernardo (near San Diego) dentist will be able to detect any changes in your oral health and help you avoid more serious problems. It is possible to intervene earlier, which means more conservative and affordable treatment.
The Importance of Dental Checkups:
If you’re due up for a cleaning or are wondering if having your teeth cleaned is actually beneficial, here are four reasons you should schedule your next dental appointment with RB Dental Excellence:
- Tartar Can’t Be Brushed or Flossed Away
Soft, sticky plaque biofilm can be removed by daily brushing and flossing. But it can also calcify within 24 hours if it isn’t removed. The tiny amounts of calcified tartar (calculus) build up over time. Only your dentist or hygienist can remove this hard, rocky buildup. It can also harbor bacteria, leading to infection of the surrounding gum and bone tissues.
Plus, plaque and tartar buildup can harbor odorous bacteria. If it’s stuck between your teeth or under your gums it can be difficult to get rid of. Even worse, gum disease can make the smell even more problematic. Periodontal infections can lead to serious halitosis, which is something that can’t be treated with over-the-counter rinses or remedies.
Tartar is usually most concentrated between the teeth and along the gumlines. Tartar can appear yellow, brown, and black, but it may not be visible until there is severe buildup.
Our hygienist will remove any buildup during your professional cleaning and polish off any surface stain. This will give you a clean slate to work with until your next checkup.
- Early Gum Disease Can Be Reversed
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss, and it’s caused by plaque and tartar buildup under your gums.
Gingivitis is a condition where your gums are red and puffy, but it can be reversed with good hygiene. You will need to brush and floss daily, as well as plan routine professional cleanings every six months (to clean those difficult-to-reach places).
If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal/gum disease. This more aggressive infection causes gum recession, tooth mobility, and eventual bone/tooth loss.
- Cavity Prevention
The first stage of every cavity is something called “enamel demineralization.” Basically, it happens when the outer layer of your tooth enamel becomes weak. It’s usually caused by acidic plaque that isn’t cleaned off all the way every day.
You can reverse the early stages of demineralization by changing your oral hygiene routine and adding a fluoride treatment in our dental office. This will help reverse demineralization and prevent decay from progressing into the next stage, where a cavity forms. This will allow you to avoid getting a dental filling and keep your tooth intact.
- A Focus On Keeping Your Natural Teeth
People often believe they will lose all their teeth because their parents and grandparents did. But that isn’t the way it always works. Especially now that most of us have access to preventative care.
Routine preventive care can save your smile, even if you have a family history of tooth loss. Your grandparents or parents may not have had access to the same preventive resources as you do. You can greatly reduce your chances of following your parents’ lead by planning regular cleanings and creating a home hygiene routine that includes flossing every day.
Modern preventive dentistry allows you to maintain all or most of your teeth for the rest of your life, with the help of routine cleanings and dental care. RB Dental Excellence can help you regain your smile even if you’ve lost a few teeth in the past!
Schedule Your Dental Cleaning Today
If you’re looking for a dental clinic near you, we can help you smile healthier and happier. Call our Rancho Bernardo dental office for your family’s routine care needs. Book your next visit with us today.