Oral health is sometimes easier to define by what it’s not rather than what it is. A healthy mouth has firm pink gums, the tongue is pink and not coated, the teeth are clean and have minimal or no plaque deposits. A healthy mouth smells fresh, and is free from gum diseases like gingivitis, periodontitis, and other disorders – including oral cancer.
Oral Health Maintenance
Brushing and flossing combined with dental visits is the best means of problem prevention and oral health maintenance. Regular professional tooth cleaning is important to remove tartar and any stains that may develop, especially in areas that are difficult to reach.
When we check your teeth, we see things you won’t see in the mirror. We can be alerted to possible hairline fractures, impacted wisdom teeth, deterioration of restorations, the beginnings of cavities, periodontal pockets caused by gum disease, and even new decay tucked under the gumline or under existing fillings! Your gums can also tell us about impending gum disease. Your lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums may even show the early warning signs of oral cancer.
These dental problems can be treated successfully, and gum diseases may be reversed if they are spotted in the early stages. But for us to catch and treat these concerns, we need you to keep your regular recall appointments. Together, we can help you maintain and recover your oral health.