If you wait for a toothache to visit your dentist, you are putting your smile in danger. If you have an impeccable dental hygiene routine and suffer no visible cavities you may think you are exempt from them altogether.
The recommended schedule is two checkups every year for most people. These checkups will include dental cleanings and overall prevention against decay. If you would like to learn more please reach out to your Clifton, NJ, dentist Dr. Toan Bui of Transcendental.
Battle Against Plaque
When you go to your doctor because a deep cavity is making it difficult to eat, or maybe even sleep if it hurts enough, the reason for the cavity is usually due to a buildup of plaque. More specifically, the bacteria that live amid the plaque and tartar, and feed on the sugary foods and drinks we consume. They expel acids that will wear away the protective enamel on your teeth, causing decay. They can also damage gums, eventually leading to gum disease, which can threaten the structures of your mouth that support your teeth.
Daily brushing and flossing are what's recommended to keep plaque in check because it builds up again on our teeth every day. But no matter how diligent we are with our cleaning there are often areas that we cannot reach. This is particularly relevant if your teeth are bunched very close together or if you have gaps where food particles can become trapped.
The good news is that professional dental cleaning can remove all this hidden plaque and even the hardened tartar. It can often even reverse gum disease while in its early stages.
Dental Checkups in Clifton, NJ
Dental checkups are not simply about dental hygiene, although that is very much a priority when it comes to prevention. During a visit, your dentist will examine your entire smile to keep tabs on your progress and to better anticipate any potential complications and treat them early. A filling today saves you from a possible root canal, or something more invasive, in the future.
Make an appointment today with Dr. Bui of Transcendental in Clifton, NJ, by dialing (973) 458-9899.