For many busy people, visiting their dentist is not at the top of their priorities. It’s easy to forget about your teeth as long as they feel normal. But when you start noticing achy teeth or gums, you become acutely aware of both your teeth and your dentist! If you haven’t visited your dentist in Royal Palm in awhile, here are some reminders about why you should schedule an appointment soon.
Bacteria Love Tight Crevices
Whether you can see them or not, you probably do have hidden crevices a toothbrush can’t reach. You may even have places where dental floss can’t reach.
When you don’t remove bacteria with brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits, bacteria flourish, mixing with food particles to form plaque. Without regularly cleaning your teeth’s hidden crevices, this sticky substance leads to tooth decay and gum disease. The area above your gum line also hides bacteria and can lead to gum recession and disease. It’s not a pretty picture!
When plaque stays on your teeth too long, it turns into a harder substance called tartar. Only a dental hygienist can remove tartar with special tools and a process called scaling. However, when you visit your dentist every six months, your teeth and gums have a much better chance of staying healthy.
Finding Problems Before They Become Severe
Most dental issues have no symptoms until they’re entrenched, requiring dental fillings, root planing, and even root canals. In the worst cases of decay or disease, the tooth has to be extracted.
Regular dental cleanings allow your dentist to remove tartar buildup and receding gums before they damage the tooth. During your exam, your dentist will take x-rays to find areas between teeth that are not visible and pinpoint areas that need invention or extra care.
If you’re ready to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Royal Palm, call our office at (561) 328-9050. We’d love to be part of your preventative dentistry team!