Preventive care may begin at home, but without visits every six months to see our dentist in Elwood, Steven R. Feigelson, DDS, your teeth and gums would be at risk for complications that result in indications such as pain, sensitivity, and lack of confidence in your ability to chew your food. Why take that kind of chance when an examination and teeth cleaning at our office is so easy?
If it were possible to remove 100% of the dental plaque on your teeth and at your gum line every single day with brushing and flossing, you might be able to skip your checkup with our dentist in Elwood. The truth, though, is that plaque is sticky and sneaky. It stubborn clings and it hides in gum pockets and elsewhere, where it hardens. That form is referred to as tartar, and there are no effective ways to address it at home. When you see our dentist in Elwood, the first thing is that you will have your teeth and gums examined, followed by x-rays as needed. It is crucial to treat any cavities found in a timely manner. That’s another component of preventive care: the prevention of large cavities that lead to infections, root canal, and loss of teeth. It is, however, the teeth cleaning that is the MVP of prevention. Professional cleaning succeeds in eliminating tartar buildup and removing any residual plaque. If that were all it did, that would be reason enough to have one every six month, since it means you are less likely to have future cavities and gum disease. But any indications of existing early stage gum disease are reversed with a cleaning, assuring you that you won’t have to deal with the later stage and alarming signs that risk the long term wellness of both your gums and teeth.
Preventive care is indispensable. Call us now to arrange your next visit to our office.