No matter how diligent you are at taking care care of your teeth outside the dentist’s office, harmful bacteria continue to grow in your mouth. While brushing and flossing are vital to maintaining oral health, only a dental professional can clean your mouth fully. Because so many health issues can stem from gum related problems, it is vital that you see your dentist at least once a year for an annual exam and a thorough dental cleaning.
Because of the warm, moist environment of the mouth it is a hospitable place to harbor bacteria and allow it to grow and expand. Bacteria manifests itself in several ways within the mouth:
Plaque is a film that forms on the teeth created by colonies of bacteria that live in the mouth. Plaque produces an acid that is destructive to the teeth enamel and gums. Without removal, plaque build up can cause oral health problems in a relatively small amount of time.
Tartar forms when plaque is not removed and the bacterial colonies calcify into a hardened substance. Tartar attracts bacteria, which continues the cycle of harmful bacteria growing in the mouth.
Gingivitis is gum disease caused by bacteria that are in an active state. The gums become inflamed, sensitive, and swell in response to a bacterial infection. Only a dentist can reverse the signs and symptoms of gingivitis.
Periodontal disease is an active infection caused by gingivitis that destroys the very foundation of the teeth. Periodontal disease destroys the bond between the teeth and the jaw, which causes tooth loss and leads to even further oral health issues.
Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining oral health between visits to the dentist for teeth cleaning. But they can not take the place of the teeth cleaning that your dentist can provide. Dentists have extensive special training for cleaning the teeth, and they use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Visiting the dentist is vital to your oral health, and missing dental appointments results in further buildup of damaging bacteria and plaque.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care
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