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Stoughton Dentist

Dental Hygiene in Stoughton

Stoughton Dentist

Stoughton Dentist

You probably have heard that dentists always recommend that teeth are periodically cleaned at the dentist’s office. However, have you ever wondered why these dental cleanings are so important – especially if you regularly brush and floss your teeth at home? The answer is that even the best at home dental care does not remove 100% of the plaque and bacteria from your teeth. And, when plaque is allowed to stay on teeth for even a short amount of time, tartar will develop. Tartar is a hard and mineralized substance that can only be removed from teeth using dental cleaning instruments. But how destructive actually is tartar? Tartar can be a cause of serious gum disease that will need to be treated by our Stoughton dentist.

At our practice, Easton Smiles, our expert and well-liked dentist is Dr. Thomas F Herlihy, IV. Dr. Herlihy is very dedicated to the dental care and health of all of our patients. He is a great proponent of preventive dental care, since it is so important in helping to keep a patient’s mouth healthy. When patients brush and leave plaque on teeth, as all patients do, the tartar encourages the development of deep pockets to form between the gums and teeth. Tartar, plaque, bacteria, and food debris will all gather in these pockets and cause infection to form. At this point the patient has a serious case of gum disease. Unfortunately gum disease will never go away by itself. If left alone it will only get worse and cause serious problems. If gum disease infection travels down to the jawbone teeth will begin to loosen and fall out. For this reason our Stoughton dentist will generally recommend a periodontal procedure called scaling and root planing for patients who have gum disease.

If patients come in for regular teeth cleanings, not only will all plaque and tartar be removed from teeth, but your gums will be assessed for their general health. If it is determined that you have gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, our Stoughton dentist may recommend that you have several teeth cleanings over the coming months to get your gums back on the road to good health. This is often all that is needed to rid gums of gingivitis. Keeping teeth clean is very important. Good dental hygiene can make the difference between a healthy mouth or serious tooth loss. For an appointment at our office for a dental cleaning or dental exam contact us today.

Easton Smiles
191 Washington Street
North Easton, MA 02356
(508) 593-4130

Dental Cleaning in Northeaston

Dental Hygiene

The goal of our preventive program at Easton Smiles is to stop tooth decay in its tracks. In order to accomplish this, you need to utilize a sound strategy of daily brushing and flossing at home and also come in twice per year for a dental exam. That allows us to detect any cavities before they become larger ones and fill them. But what of the causes that led to the cavities in the first place? Well, even the most thorough oral hygiene program at home may not be able to eliminate all of the plaque, food remnants, and the bacteria that feed off of them. These enemies of your dental health have a way of hiding between teeth and in gum pockets, making it difficult to remove without a professional cleaning. And tartar can form as a hardened type of plaque. Once it takes root, nothing short of our dental cleaning in Northeaston can remove it.

Dental Cleaning in Northeaston

Dental Cleaning in Northeaston

Clean teeth are healthy teeth. There’s no doubt about that. As essential as a physical exam of your teeth and x-rays are to finding signs of tooth decay damage and repairing them with a dental filling, it won’t stop new cavities from occurring. That’s because your precious tooth enamel gets eroded by the forces of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. These same culprits can also cause you to develop gum disease, which leads to redness, inflammation, and even infection of the gums. Without regular dental cleanings, you can eventually wind up with cavities that allow bacteria into the pulp area of a tooth. This can mean root canal infection and a great deal of pain. Enough tooth decay can cause the need for that tooth to be removed. And advanced gum disease is marked by loss of gum and bone tissue, and a poor foundation for your teeth, maybe causing one or more to fall out. When you consider all of this, the ease of getting our dental cleaning in Northeaston seems like a no brainer.

There’s little to no discomfort involved in the process and your dental hygiene and long term dental health depend upon having clean teeth. After you have our dental cleaning in Northeaston, you can rededicate yourself to a healthful diet limited in sugar and a strong oral hygiene regimen at home.

191 Washington Street
North Easton, MA 02356
508-593-4130

Easton Dental Office

Easton Dental Office

We all want that perfect, bright smile, and we do our best to be vigilant with daily brushing and flossing. Unfortunately, our teeth don’t always stay as white and shiny as we’d like, even when we use the top “whitening” toothpastes and strips. And more importantly, our teeth can accumulate bacteria that we wouldn’t even think twice about after looking in the mirror. Our mouths are the windows to the rest of our bodies. A visit to our Easton dental office can help us prevent potential diseases down the road, and not just oral infections, but possible infections elsewhere in our bodies as well.

Easton Dental Care

Easton Dental Care

Over time, our teeth develop dental plaque and calculus. Calculus is also known as tartar, and it’s a form of hardened dental plaque. Our saliva contains minerals, which over time, can accumulate on the surface of the plaque on our teeth. This accumulation of tartar can threaten the health of our gums and eventually cause gingivitis. This disease of the gums is initially just an irritation and inflammation. But if they become so irritated and inflamed that there’s loss to the tissue fibers that connect our teeth to the gums, we are now looking at a disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is a much more severe inflammatory disease that affect the tissue surrounding our teeth, and if it goes untreated long enough it can cause loss of teeth. This is a great reason to visit our Easton dental office and meet with our terrific staff and both Dr. Robert Tuck and Thomas F. Herlihy IV, D.M.D., M.A.G.D. Here at Easton Smiles we believe that a healthy mouth is incredibly important to maintain a healthy body. That’s why we stress that our patients receive periodic dental prophylaxis and cleanings to prevent these irritating oral diseases.

We know that no one likes to go to the dentist, but here at Easton Smiles, we do our best to provide our patients with a professional yet comfortable setting. Our friendly staff of dental professionals welcomes patients of all ages and utilizes the latest technology to provide everyone with the best comprehensive dental care in Massachusetts. It’s our goal to send our patients out of our office with a picture-perfect smile, and we’ve been doing so for over 13 years. So stop by our Easton dental office, Easton Smiles, and get your beautiful smile today!

Easton Dental Practice
191 Washington Street
North Easton, MA 02356
(508) 593-4130