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Dental Hygiene

Why Is Dental Hygiene So Important?

Periodontal disease is a common problem. If you experience bleeding when you brush or floss, you may have gum disease. Research has shown that most adults have some form periodontal disease (gum disease) – but many don’t know it. Part of the challenge is simply getting people to accept that they have gum disease. Proper dental hygiene can prevent this, and can minimize the impact of the disease.

To treat it properly, a thorough dental history, a comprehensive dental and periodontal exam, diagnosis and x-rays are required.

You might be surprised to learn that gum disease:

  • doesn’t hurt at first
  • starts to hurt when it’s TOO LATE
  • could be lingering without symptoms
  • puts you at risk for losing teeth

Another common problem is tooth decay. If left unchecked it can lead to cavities and the necessity for root canals over time. Regular checkups and good oral hygiene are still your best defense against tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Who Needs to See A Dentist?

School-aged kids need routine dental care. With this demographic, our primary concern is prevention of cavities and teaching good habits and attitudes about dental health.

Teens have the same concerns, but also may begin to be concerned about crooked, uneven teeth or a bad bite. This cannot be helped by prevention, but we can make recommendations and refer you to an orthodontist.

Adults, beginning in their late 20s to 30s, should be thinking about gum disease. Adults can still get cavities, but gum disease becomes critical to prevent at this time in life.

We begin accepting kids by age 4 or 5. Some journals advocate taking your child to see a dentist earlier. If you notice something that needs treatment, or if you feel you’d like your children to be seen at an earlier age, we can refer you to a pediatric dentist to best meet the needs of your youngest family members.

Dental hygiene is critical at all ages. Call us to schedule routine checkups.