Proper Dental Hygiene to Prevent Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

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With proper dental care and oral hygiene, you increase your chances of having healthy teeth and gums. There are many people who either don’t know the effects of improper oral hygiene, or they take for granted that they are doing enough. However, studies have show that beyond just suffering from tooth decay and gum disease, but there is a strong correlation between bad oral hygiene and more serious health problems like heart disease. This is why there is no time like the present to get yourself back on track with good oral health. Halonen Family Dentistry offers family dentist services in Battle Creek to help the entire family maintain a bright, healthy smile. Let’s take a closer look at the effects of poor oral hygiene.

Tooth Decay and Cavities

When it comes to tooth decay and cavities, the presence of plaque on and in between your teeth is the root cause of the problem. As plaque collects on your teeth, it slowly eats through the enamel of your teeth, resulting in cavities, which will only get worse the longer they go without treatment…especially if the things you eat or drink contain a lot of sugar and acids. If you have a cavity, it’s crucial to have the cavity properly filled so the tooth won’t decay any further. Once we have the cavity filled, we will make sure you are educated on proper brushing and flossing techniques to remove plaque. We will also schedule a six month cleaning and check-up to help you maintain your oral hygiene.

Gum Disease

Buildup of plaque can also periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Periodontal disease occurs when plaque is allowed to accumulate and the plaque begins to erode the gum line, causing them to bleed and become inflamed. The appearance of gum disease starts with gingivitis, where gums become red and inflamed. Proper dental treatment can diagnose gingivitis, which is difficult for patients to identify in its early stages. The gums will become redder, more inflamed, and even start bleeding after brushing or chewing. The advanced stages of gum disease will result in pockets between the teeth and gums, which can become infected if food particles get lodged in these pockets.

Fortunately for patients with gum disease, the process is largely reversible with more successful results it the gum disease is caught in its early stages. Halonen Family Dentistry can provide you and your family with the deep cleaning service you need to allow your gums to properly heal. Call today to schedule your appointment.