Novato Dentist Explains the Need for Preventive Maintenance for Healthy Teeth

Written by Dr. McConnell on Aug 6, 2013

Teeth that are healthy and natural are stable, aesthetically pleasing, and vital to a patient’s overall dental health. At the Novato Dentist office our focus is on helping our patients achieve the goal of a healthy smile with a combination of routine dental cleanings, exams, and education about proper oral hygiene practices. The result is teeth that are healthy and free of cavities, reducing the likelihood of future major cosmetic or structural dental treatment.

The foods you consume on a daily basis linger on your teeth, causing plaque to form on surfaces and between teeth. Plaque is a sticky combination of bacteria and sugars that are harmful because of their acidity which eats away at healthy dental enamel if not removed completely. Proper preventive home-care maintenance like brushing and flossing play an important role in removing some plaque buildup from dental enamel.

But even the most conscientious at-home hygiene practices will not remove all plaque buildup because it is just not possible to reach every crevice of your teeth where bacteria thrive. Plaque that remains on your teeth eventually hardens into tartar, or “calculus.” Tartar calcifies on the teeth and creates a perfect environment for enamel-eroding bacteria and sugars that damage healthy tooth structure.

Tartar buildup cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. Once tartar is allowed to build up on your teeth, it can only be removed by a dentist through dental scaling. The dental community places a great deal of emphasis on preventive approaches such as a thorough oral hygiene routine. That is why the Novato Dentist urges patients to schedule twice yearly professional dental cleanings for a cavity-free smile.

The need for routine maintenance has become even more vital as we understand the connection between oral health and diseases of the body. Current research shows that chronic oral infections and decay can actually increase a patient’s risk of heart disease, respiratory disorders, and stroke and other serious health problems.

Maintaining the healthy condition of your teeth preserves your oral health as well as your overall physical well being. We are committed to helping our patients achieve this goal, and we will be happy to work with you to develop a specific treatment plan to ensure your optimal oral health.