When it comes to protecting your teeth and gums from decay, damage, and disease, vigilant oral hygiene, regular check-ups, and professional cleanings are your best offense. And the saying goes: a good offense is the best defense. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is essential to your oral health. Brushing keeps the surface of your teeth clear of any harmful bacteria. Flossing keeps your gums healthy and the spaces between your teeth clean. A professional cleaning every six months can add to your protection by removing any unhealthy build-up. Your dentist has a better chance at catching any potential problems early during a regular check-up.
With the regular check-ups, your dentist will be on the look out for any changes in your mouth. If a cavity is caught early, it can be treated without an invasive procedure. If you go awhile without treating a cavity, the risk increases for a significant issue. Cavities are holes in your tooth caused by decay. Left untreated, the hole grows. It can go deep into the tooth reaching the nerves and root canal. This can cause severe pain and even infection. At this stage, a root canal treatment can save a tooth. If the problem goes undiagnosed and untreated, the only option left could be extraction.
Preventing gum disease
Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease. A periodontal cleaning usually involving scaling and planing can reverse gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, which cannot be reversed. Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that weakens the bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease can also increase the risk for heart and lung diseases. So, in a way, protecting your mouth’s health can protect your entire body’s health.
Keep up with your regular dental check-ups and cleanings
We can work with you to make sure you get the regular dental care you need. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We also gladly serve patients in Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.