The Importance Of Preventive Care
By Liberty Tree Prosthodontics
June 08, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Oral HygieneIf 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:

  1. Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA)
  2. A healthy diet high in fiber, whole grains, water, calcium-rich dairy and high-protein meats and fish
  3. Drinking several glasses of water a day to stimulate saliva and to keep teeth and gums clean
  4. Starting a smoking cessation program to avoid gum disease, bad breath, and oral cancer
  5. Limiting alcohol, a contributor to oral cancer and gum problems
At Liberty Tree Prosthodontics in Danvers, both your family dentist and your friendly hygienist will suggest ways for improving your at-home hygiene routines and healthy dental lifestyle.

As far as in-office treatments go, they include:
  • Professional examinations (including an oral cancer assessment) and hygienic cleanings (to remove plaque and tartar
  • Application of topical fluoride and plastic sealants to limit decay (these treatments help adults, too)
  • Customized mouth guards to protect teeth and gums during sports
  • Customized bite guards to cushion the effects of habitual teeth clenching, or bruxism
Come see us

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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