A little history - Long ago, dentistry was performed by barbers, country doctors and anyone with crude tools and a strong stomach. Back then, the only choices were to pull teeth when they hurt and make dentures once too many teeth were missing. Little knowledge existed about what caused tooth decay or tooth loss and no knowledge of proper oral health and dental care existed.
Today, advancements in technology and professional dentistry techniques, offer advanced solutions to preserving your natural teeth and maintaining healthy gums. A skilled dental professional can virtually create the smile of your dreams. Regular dental checkups, partnered with the practice of good oral hygiene, can improve your quality of life, prevent serious illness and keep a brilliant smile throughout your life.
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) were created to educate, inform and guide individuals of all ages in maintaining optimal dental health. It will cover most topics that patients should know about. It will also outline the importance of seeking professional dental help to establish and maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.
Plaque is an invisible, sticky film composed mainly of bacteria. Plaque forms on your teeth when starches and sugars in food interact with bacteria normally found in your mouth. Brushing your teeth removes plaque. But plaque re-forms quickly, usually within 24 hours.
Plaque that stays on your teeth longer than two or three days can harden under your gumline into tartar (calculus). Tartar makes plaque more difficult to remove and acts as a reservoir for bacteria. What's more, you usually can't get rid of tartar by brushing and flossing — you need a professional dental cleaning to remove it.
The longer that plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more they irritate the gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. In time, your gums become swollen and bleed easily. If not corrected, it could result in the loss of teeth or serious health problems.
Maintaining your regular preventative dental visits is very important during pregnancy and is perfectly safe. Pregnancy can cause swelling and/or bleeding of the gums. Cravings for sweets during pregnancy expose your teeth to more risk of cavities and trapped foods which can irritate your gums and cause infection. Maintaining good oral and general health during pregnancy is critical to preventing serious health risks such as premature birth.
Gingivitis is a very common and mild form of gum (periodontal) disease that causes swelling (inflammation) of your gums. You may not be aware that you have the condition. If your gums are swollen and bleed when you brush, you may have gingivitis. The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral health habits, such as daily brushing and flossing, can help prevent gingivitis.
Signs and symptoms of gingivitis may include:
The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing damage from gingivitis and its progression to more serious problems.
Did you know that you could have pain in your jaw or headaches causes by a misaligned bite? It can also impair chewing, speech and grinding of your teeth at night or injury to your inside cheek tissue.