If you could prevent a destructive health condition, would you try to do it? Most people would answer in the affirmative, but the fact is that tooth decay and gum disease affect millions and millions of people, says the Centers for Disease Control. As such, Dr. Mahshid Mirghassemi, your family dentist in Danvers, MA, stresses how important preventive dentistry is. It's a cooperative effort between patient and dentist and happens both at home and at Liberty Tree Prosthodontics.
The origins of tooth decay and gum disease
They've been around since the beginning of time, but unfortunately, knowledge of what causes these oral health conditions was not always available. Now we know that oral bacteria--Streptococcus mutans--infect and inflame gum tissue and release acids which lead to dental decay.
Can you keep your mouth free of these microbes? No, you cannot, but you can control their numbers by limiting how much soft, sticky plaque and rock-hard tartar form in between and on your teeth and under your gums. These biofilms deteriorate both gum tissue and tooth enamel.
Preventing decay and gum disease
Your family dentist in Danvers promotes many sensible strategies for preventing oral health problems, including cavities, periodontal disease, oral cancer, traumatic injury, and damaging bruxism (tooth grinding). Many of them you can do at home, and consistency is key to their success.
These at-home disciplines include:
As far as in-office treatments go, they include:
At Liberty Tree Prosthodontics, we're all about preventive care and beautiful, healthy smiles for every member of your family. To arrange routine cleanings and exams for your family, call the office team in Danvers, MA, today at (978) 777-9999.
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