Good oral care is part of a healthy lifestyle. Preventative maintenance at Pearl Dentistry includes routine teeth cleaning, oral cancer screening, fluoride application, gum and oral disease examination and tips to help prevent tooth decay.
Plaque, that sticky film on your teeth that you wake up with every morning, is formed by harmful bacteria in your mouth. If it is not removed by brushing and flossing, it will harden and become tartar or calculus. Bacteria associated with tartar multiply quickly and produce toxins that inflame and irritate gums. At this point, gums will bleed easily and appear red and puffy. If not treated, the bacteria will spread below the gum line causing periodontitis, a periodontal disease. Once bacteria spreads below the gum line, the toxins they produce will begin to dissolve supporting tissue and bone. Pockets will form in the spaces created by this degenerative process. If a periodontal teeth cleaning is not performed to reduce these pockets, the bone loss will continue and the teeth will loosen and eventually fall out. This is why good oral hygiene is extremely important. The use of a Sonicare tooth brush is highly recommended to keep the mouth healthy.
Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter and tooth protector. At Pearl Dentistry, we believe that topical application of fluoride varnish is important with routine teeth cleanings. It can help strengthen your enamel in order to fight cavities, relieve temperature sensitivity and help with whitening sensitivity.
Bad breath is a concern for everyone. Bad breath is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth, especially on your tongue and in periodontal pockets. Regular teeth cleanings are important to maintain fresh breath as well as good hygiene habits at home. At Pearl, we offer BreathRX products which can help maintain fresh breath in between teeth cleanings.