Changing Marlloy’s Life with a Smile
One aspect of good oral hygiene means maintaining your smile by visiting your periodontist for routine periodontal maintenance. During your periodontal maintenance visit, Dr. Sims and your hygienist will:
- Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
- Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
- Examine your gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Provide a thorough periodontal cleaning and polish
Alternately visiting Dr. Sims and your dentist every three months gives you the chance to talk with your doctor and receive answers for any questions you may have about your oral health. Checkups are also a great way for you to find out about new treatments that may benefit your smile.
Teeth for Life
Another aspect of good oral hygiene means taking care of your teeth and gums between checkups. It is very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. From toothpaste and mouthwash to toothbrushes and dental floss, it’s also important to choose the right products for your smile. Our practice wants to make sure that your teeth stay healthy for life! So we’ll work with you to show you how to maintain your smile at home with the right dental products for you and your family.
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets to form. Periodontal diseases can progress and the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated it will lead to tooth loss.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.