If you want to make sure that you have clean teeth and healthy gums, you will need to regularly brush and floss your teeth at home on a daily basis. However, it is also very important that you have periodic dental cleanings at our office, Easton Smiles. Even with the best of at-home dental care, some plaque will remain on teeth. When plaque remains on teeth for even a short period of time, tarter will form. Tarter is a hard, minimalize substance which can only be removed with professional dental cleaning instruments. If tarter is allowed to stay on teeth, deep pockets will be encouraged to form between the teeth and gums, and gum disease will develop. If you are interested in avoiding the complications of gum disease, be sure to make an appointment to visit our practice for a dental cleaning in Brockton.
The consequences of getting gum disease, and leaving it untreated, are many. To begin with, gum disease can severely harm your teeth. When gum disease reaches the jawbone, it can cause teeth to loosen and even fall out. Gum disease can also move from one area of your mouth to another. In fact, the infection from gum disease can actually spread to other parts of your body, and cause serious health issues. Gum disease has been associated with high blood pressure and even heart problems. So as you can see, gum disease should be avoided at all costs. Gum disease can be treated, but it will never go away by itself. For this reason, it is important to always seek out treatment for gum disease. And, it is even better if you have a regular dental cleaning in Brockton at our office, to help prevent gum disease in the first place.
During a dental cleaning in Brockton, not only will your teeth be cleaned, but your gums will be examined to see if gum disease is developing. If you have gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, our dentist, Dr. Thomas F. Herlihy, IV, will most likely recommend that you have several periodic teeth cleanings over the coming months. This should help your gums return to excellent health. However, if it is determined that deep pockets have formed, our dentist will most likely recommend that you have a periodontal scaling and root planing treatment at our office. This procedure is like a deep cleaning for the gums which will remove all tarter, plaque, bacteria, and food debris from the deep pockets. Once this occurs, the deep pockets should begin to heal. For an appointment to see our dentist, or to come in for a dental cleaning in Brockton, contact us at Easton Smiles.