The Importance Of Preventive Care
Thanks to developments in dental technology and advanced treatment options, tooth loss is no longer an inevitability of old age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people are keeping more of their teeth well past retirement age than ever before. However, gum disease and tooth is still a problem for almost half of all American adults. There are several factors that account for oral health, starting with good oral hygiene. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, the dentists at Hibbeln & Kowal Dental in Rochester Hills, MI — Dr. Debra Hibbeln and Dr. Mark Kowal — recommend yearly dental check ups and professional cleanings to help prevent gum disease.
Preventive Dental Care in Rochester Hills, MI
Maybe you brush your teeth after every meal, and avoid sweets as much as possible. Do you really need to floss and go to the dentist unless something is wrong? While good oral hygiene habits at home and a healthy diet are the cornerstones of healthy teeth and gums, there is only so much that a toothbrush can do. Flossing helps to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup in the spaces in between the teeth where the bristles of a toothbrush can't reach.
Seeing a dentist at least once a year for a deep cleaning and check up helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from developing in the first place, or to catch problems before they can progress and affect both your oral health and the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Preventive dental care also includes regular oral cancer screenings, which are also an important part of your dental and general health routine.
I Haven't Been to the Dentist in Years - Is it Too Late for Prevention?
It is never too late to take control of your oral health. Gum disease starts off in the mild form known as gingivitis, which most commonly leads to gum bleeding while you brush. If left untreated it progresses over time, but can be managed successfully when caught and treated early. Whether it has been one, five, or even ten years since your last dental appointment, there is no time like the present!
Find a Dentist in Rochester Hills, MI
For more information on gum disease prevention and treatment, contact Hibbeln & Kowal Dental by calling (248) 608-1300 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hibbeln or Dr. Kowal today.