Everyone is taught from a very early age the importance of daily oral hygiene. Most people are very good at making sure they are brushing two or three times a day and flossing in between meals. But not everyone is as diligent as they ought to be. A lack of oral hygiene can invite in some nasty visitors that will wreak havoc on your mouth, teeth, and gums.
Plaque and tartar build-up can lead to gaps between the teeth and gums where bacteria can and will settle in. This bacterium has been attributed to many different illness including heart problems and diabetes. But mostly it will affect your mouth. The bacterium that forms from a lack of oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even the loss of a tooth.
Although losing a tooth, especially one towards the back of the mouth, doesn’t seem like such a big deal, this gap in the teeth can lead to a shifting in the remaining teeth which can cause chronic headaches and neck pain, as well as sensitive and painful chewing and swallowing. In short, losing teeth is bad.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent all of this from happening. Cherry Creek Family Dental is well-equipped to provide all kinds of cleaning services. By having your teeth cleaned once or twice a year, you will be ahead of the game when it comes to fight against gun disease. But if for some reason your teeth are pretty caked with plaque and tartar, your Denver dentist might want you to consider a process called scaling and root planning.
This is a relatively simple procedure in which the doctor will scrape along the crevices of the tooth and around the gum line with a metal tool. This will forcibly remove any and all plaque and tartar that is clinging on. Although it sounds painful, most of the time your Denver dentist will give you a local anesthesia to prevent any pain and discomfort that might accompany such a procedure.
Usually you will be required to have a follow-up appointment a couple of weeks after the procedure is complete. This way your doctor can monitor the progress of the cleaning. Cherry Creek Family Dental is committed to giving you the best and healthiest smile possible. They don’t want to scrape your teeth or do anything that causes you discomfort, so they will continually educate you on the best practices for maintaining a healthy and vibrant smile.