When you focus on your at-home oral hygiene and then supplement that with a visit to our office every six months for a complete examination and teeth cleaning, you’re engaging in the best possible preventive care. At the practice of Darryl Smith Dental Group, we strongly encourage prevention, because avoiding cavities and gum disease is more effective than treating them after the fact.
The entire reason you need preventive care is to manage the effects of the sticky, invisible film called dental plaque. It grows on teeth and at the gum line, eroding tooth enamel and causing your gums to be turn red and irritated, which are the signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Brushing and flossing properly, and on a daily basis (brush in the morning, and again before bed) is your primary strategy against the effects of dental plaque. But when that plaque turns to hardened tartar, a trip to our Swampscott dental office for a teeth cleaning is in order. Two times per year is typically sufficient to eradicate tartar buildup so that you avoid the worst consequences of it. But that’s not the only benefit. The progression of gingivitis is halted and its effects reversed by six month cleanings at our Swampscott dental office. An examination and x-rays as needed make certain that any cavities are found while they are still small. Filling them in a timely manner keeps them from growing large enough to put you at risk for toothaches and tooth infections, along with the eventual treatments they might lead to (root canal therapy and tooth extractions).
We understand that you have a busy schedule, but if you don’t find time for preventive care at our Swampscott dental office, you’ll have to find time for treatment later on. Contact us now to make an appointment.