Importance of Dental Hygiene and Prevention
Dental hygiene and prevention does not just include a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. Instead, it is very important that you maintain proper dental care with the help of your dentist, dental hygienist and other professionals at Monterey Dental Contours to ensure enjoy good oral health. Regular checkups and cleanings are also how you can help prevent the one thing most Americans dread: tooth pain.
Having poor oral hygiene is not just offensive to everyone you talk to throughout your day, through bad breath and other symptoms. If you are not receiving dental care from your dentist as regularly as you should, you may suffer complications that are much easier to prevent than they are to repair. Big complications that could have been prevented will always cost you more and lead to greater discomfort than those discovered early and treated by your dentist.
Regular dental care helps ensure you do not suffer accumulation of excessive plaque and debris in your mouth, on teeth and on your gums. Problems caused by having too much plaque and its hardened tartar include gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Gum disease is a painful infection of your mouth’s tissues and bones. You need these tissues and bones to remain healthy in order to surround and support your teeth in good health.
Gum disease is one hundred percent preventable, yet many people suffer very painful tooth abscess or even tooth loss from this condition each year. Having poor oral hygiene and not preventing gum disease or other problems can lead to irritated, puffy, bleeding gums, as well as bad breath, gingivitis, tooth decay and teeth that loosen or shift.
Beyond your twice daily tooth brushing and flossing, you should visit your dentist and dental hygienist at Monterey Dental Contours several times each year. While visiting for a regular checkup appointment, your mouth will be checked for good oral health, signs of gum disease or tooth decay, problems between teeth or under the gum line and other indicators of problems that can be prevented. You will also receive a teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.
What do you do if you have a dental problem?
If you are feeling discomfort, pain or experience bleeding gums or other signs of an oral health problem, you should schedule a visit with Monterey Dental Contours right away. Dr. Kent and his team will diagnose your dental concern and provide solutions through a treatment plan of quality dental health care. Never hesitate to call for an appointment if you experience any of the following issues:
- Swollen gums, red gums or gums that bleed
- Painful sensitivity to heat or cold on your teeth
- Problems with chewing
- Persistent bad breath
- A loose permanent tooth
- A toothache
- An abscessed tooth
To schedule your dental visit for regular dental hygiene and prevention, call Monterey Dental Contours today.