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.