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Importance Of Brushing Your Teeth

Importance Of Brushing Your Teeth

Importance Of Brushing Your Teeth

Why is it important to brush your teeth?

Importance Of Brushing Your TeethThe main cause of tooth loss today is periodontal disease. Although tooth decay comes in a close second, periodontal inflammatory conditions affect 75% of adults at some point in their lifetime. The most effective way to control and prevent dental decay (cavities) and periodontal disease is to properly brush and floss, daily.

Both tooth decay (cavities) and periodontal disease are caused by the bacteria found in plaque. This can later be stimulated by additional factors such as a poor diet, medications, and a lack of professional maintenance (regular cleanings and checkups), smoking, diabetes, clenching and grinding of teeth, and stress.

Plaque, a clear film that clings to your teeth at the gum line, forms regularly and on a daily basis. If not removed thoroughly by proper brushing and flossing, it will harden into a rough substance known as calculus (tartar).

Periodontal disease will lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Gingivitis, the initial and reversible phase of periodontal disease, is caused by the irritating effects of bacteria found in plaque. It is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated gingivitis may progress to the irreversible phase of periodontal disease known as Periodontitis. Here, you would experience a separation of the gums from the teeth, resulting in spaces called “pockets”, bone loss, tooth mobility, and eventually tooth loss if left uncontrolled.

Despite diligent home care and professional maintenance, genetically susceptible individuals may still develop periodontal disease, requiring specialized professional intervention to help control its progression.

Professional Hygiene Protocols are determined by your specific periodontal status. If healthy and associated with reversible signs of periodontal disease ( Gingivitis ) our recommendation is for you to commit to a consistent, twice per year ( every six months )
professional cleaning. If more advanced, irreversible signs of periodontal disease (Periodontitis ) are present, Dr. Dargham recommends a more regimented and frequent treatment protocol consisting of professional cleanings every three to four months. Specialized periodontal care and phase two therapy recommendations may be necessary as well.

Please contact Dr. Dargham and her team to schedule your initial consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Dargham welcomes patients in one of two locations (Coconut Grove Dental Clinic and Biscayne Blvd. Dental Clinic), both located in the heart of Miami Dade County.

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