Do you spend a great deal of time caring for your teeth, in an effort to keep your smile beautiful? From shopping for special toothpaste to only drinking your beverages through straws to try to prevent staining, there are certainly plenty of steps you can take to keep your pearly whites looking their best. Yet, if you are not taking proper care of your gums, your smile could still be in serious jeopardy. Gum disease is a dangerous condition, and the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America. Fortunately, you can help to prevent it, by simply giving your gums the general dental attention they need.
One of the easiest ways to care for your gums, is by flossing every single day. Flossing helps to remove the bacteria that can lodge in the tight crevices between teeth, where your toothbrush is simply not able to effectively reach. By flossing you can limit tartar buildup, which prevents acidic erosion of the teeth, but also helps to prevent gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
Of course, regular dental cleanings are also important to your overall oral health. Prompt removal of tartar buildup can help to prevent irritation and inflammation of the gums, as well as dental cavities. Most patients find that they need to schedule dental checkups and cleanings at least twice a year to keep their smiles healthy. That said, if you are particularly susceptible to dental issues, including cavities, you may actually need to visit more frequently to keep your teeth and gums, both, in great shape.
Dr. Dooley provides preventive and restorative treatments that can help to protect one’s entire smile, including the gums. To schedule a preventive visit, call Scott Dooley Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-495-8100. We also proudly serve the residents of Dallas, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and all surrounding communities.