You’ve heard the terms in TV ads, seen them in print ads, and perhaps noticed them on the labels of a variety of dental products. But what do the terms plaque, tartar, gingivitis and worse, periodontal disease, really mean?
Your teeth can last a lifetime if you practice good, basic dental care which includes flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day. While it sounds easy, fact is many people do an unsatisfactory job of it.
Taking good care of your teeth is extremely important. The consequences of losing your natural teeth can be costly and life changing. Twice-daily brushing & flossing removes particulate buildup from foods, as well as bacteria that can cause cavities. Although these substances continue to accumulate on a daily basis, regular effective home care can protect teeth and gums from their damaging effects. A semi-annual hygiene therapy appointment will eliminate otherwise hard to remove dental plaque that can accumulate and calcify, leading to serious periodontal problems and potential tooth loss.
Maintaining your oral health relies on good oral hygiene practices! Tooth decay & gum disease are by far the most prevalent forms of dental disease today, and too many people still don’t realize that poor dental health can also pose significant general health problems.
Perhaps the bottom line should be: “You should only floss the teeth you want to keep!”