Your teeth and gums were designed to last a lifetime - and they can with proper care. A lifetime of good dental health requires daily care of teeth and gums along with regular dental check-ups. The American Dental Association recommends professional dental cleanings and exams at least 1-2 times per year. We will work with your dental insurance coverage to make the cost of general and preventive dentistry manageable.
Professional check-ups and regular cleaning can help prevent and treat:
Gum disease (or periodontal disease) - Bacterial growth that gradually destroys the tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth. Harmful bacteria are contained in a colorless sticky film called plaque, the cause of gum disease. If not removed, plaque builds up on the teeth and ultimately irritates the gums and causes bleeding. If left untreated, bone and surrounding tissue will decay, resulting in loose teeth, or worse, tooth loss. More than 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease.
Cavities (or caries or tooth decay) - While many believe cavities are only a problem for children, cavities can happen at any time in your life. Cavities occur when tooth decay ruins the enamel that covers and protects the teeth. Without proper dental care and regular cleaning, bacteria can cling to the teeth and form a sticky, colorless film called plaque which leads to tooth decay and cavities. Dental fillings restore the integrity and function of the tooth.