How often should I brush my teeth to protect my smile from cavities and periodontal disease?
At Gonzalez Dental Care, our providers are ready and willing to help patients achieve their oral health goals. In doing so, it is vital that patients take care of their smile with daily brushing and flossing. Many patients who visit our practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida often ask their dentist what they should be doing each and every day to protect their smiles from periodontal disease and tooth decay, the two main culprits of dental problems.
- Periodontal disease – periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is an infection that can cause irreversible damage to the smile. This condition starts with bacteria in the soft tissues of the mouth. These multiply, causing the gum tissue to shrink and form pockets between the teeth and the gums where bacteria continues to thrive. When the condition is not spotted in the earlier phases, it can become more severe and result in the loss of gum tissues, natural jawbone, and adult teeth.
- Tooth decay – another problem that can arise from poor oral health habits is that of tooth decay. Tooth decay, more commonly known as dental caries or “cavities,” eat away at the natural tooth and can cause large holes. These areas become sensitive and can result in an infection inside of the tooth. The only way to address this is with a procedure such as root canal therapy, which is the only way to save a tooth from extraction when decay has reached the inner canals of the natural tooth. Smaller areas of decay can be effectively addressed with the use of dental fillings. Our dental team will make a recommendation as to what treatment is necessary if tooth decay forms.
Learn more about oral healthcare habits with our team at Gonzalez Dental Care
If you reside in the area of Pembroke Pines, Florida and want to work with a professional team to learn more about oral health solutions, we welcome you to contact Dr. Gonzalez and her associates by calling (954) 406-5342. We are conveniently located at 9818 Pines Boulevard and work together with patients to provide the best possible options for oral health and wellness.