Healthy gums are key to a healthy mouth, as much if not more as healthy teeth are. If your gums are not a solid and reliable foundation for your teeth, it won’t matter how strong your teeth are, after all. Here at Old Orchard Dental, we recommend a combination of smart strategies at home along with twice-yearly teeth cleanings here at our office. You should brush after every mean and floss thoroughly every day. That will remove most of the plaque in your mouth. Leave it to our Skokie best dentist to address the rest.
Plaque is that filmy substance that grows on and between teeth, eroding tooth enamel to form cavities, and causing irritation, inflammation, and infection in gums. Plaque is sneaky and stubborn. It can evade your brushing and flossing efforts, hiding in gum pockets, for example. There, it hardens into tartar, continuing to cause the same problems, except that tartar cannot be removed with home-based oral hygiene. It requires a teeth cleaning done professionally. When you schedule your six month checkup with our Skokie best dentist, you can also schedule your teeth cleaning.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It often presents no obvious symptoms, other than some mild irritation. All of the plaque and tartar that are still in your mouth will be eradicated with our teeth cleaning, leaving your mouth feeling fresh because it is. This is like hitting the reset button on your dental and periodontal well-being. It’s important to also understand what can happen if you don’t get your teeth cleaning done on a regular schedule. If ignored, gingivitis progresses to the more advanced stage of periodontitis, which carries more serious signs such as receding gums, persistent bad breath, gums that bleed when you brush, and even loose teeth. Periodontitis cannot be treated with a simple teeth cleaning. It requires a more complicated form of cleaning called scaling and root planing. It involves digging down to the roots and scraping out the offending plaque and tartar. Our Skokie best dentist can keep that from being necessary. All it takes is to call us and schedule your six month dental exam and teeth cleaning.