By Omni Dental Group
February 12, 2015
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Preventive Care  

To keep your smile healthy and bright, preventative maintenance is a must. As the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," and that is especially true when it comes to oral health. Many oral health issues can be avoided with simple routine care and maintenance.Exam

Gingivitis

Gingivitis occurs when bacteria overgrowth in your mouth begins to infect your gums. If this occurs, you may notice your teeth bleeding during brushing and flossing. If left untreated, the condition can advance to periodontal disease, commonly referred to as "gum disease" which is a condition that causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. This can create pockets where food and more bacteria may become trapped, leading to possible tooth decay. Regular visits to your dentist can remove plaque buildup and help prevent gingivitis.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, also known as "cavities," occurs when the tooth develops holes or pockets where it has become weakened or eroded. These holes trap bacteria and food, leading to further decay or even infection. If the decay reaches the root, a root canal may be necessary. In some cases, decay may cause loss of the tooth. Your dentist can help catch tooth decay early and treat it so it doesn't advance.

Staining

Teeth may become discolored, darkened, or stained over time either by eating or drinking certain foods, or even simply aging. Regular teeth cleanings by your dentist can help keep your teeth white and bright.

Early Prevention

Even babies and children need early preventative care, even thought they will lose their baby teeth. It's important to take care of the baby teeth as they help to guide the permanent teeth into place. They can also develop cavities and infections that cause cause pain and discomfort.

The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist every six months for routine cleaning and examination to help prevent problems before they arise. Omni Dental Group in Bowie, MD offers dental care for everyone in the family. If it's been awhile since you've had an exam, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

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Omni Dental Group
4321 Collington Road Suite 210
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 809-0029