Many people assume that if they brush their teeth and floss consistently, there’s no need to go to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. A dental hygienist can easily get to the more hard-to-reach places that you might be missing when you clean your teeth at home.
Professional cleanings are much more involved than simply brushing for a couple of minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed. One of our skilled hygienists will begin by using a special tool to remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated over your teeth. Next, they will begin brushing with a high-powered electric toothbrush, putting focus on each individual tooth.
Finally, we’ll floss your teeth. If you have braces or a permanent retainer, we’ll do so using a specific type of floss that we’ll smoothly glide between the wires. Nabors Family & Cosmetic Dentistry also recommends a fluoride solution at the end of your visit.
If you don’t keep up with proper brushing, tooth decay is inevitable no matter what you eat or drink. However, if you are doing your best to maintain your oral health and you’re still having troubles with cavities, you might want to avoid these:
If it’s been six or more months since your last teeth cleaning, it’s time to contact Nabors Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for an appointment. With consistent care, you can avoid more complex procedures in the future. Call today!
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, the gums can eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession. If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, our dentist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based on your specific needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!