You may be able to manage bad breath and tooth stains at home, but your teeth require professional attention if you hope to stave off more serious dental health problems. Most people who take diligent care of their teeth by brushing and flossing tend to think they don’t need third-party assistance, but as you’ll see below, you could require expensive dental work if you avoid the dentist.
There is no way for you to tell if you have cavities forming within the crevices of your molars or on the surfaces of your incisors. In fact, without a professional examination and dental X-rays, you won’t know if your brushing and flossing is really doing the job. That’s why you should visit your dentist twice per year and ask to have dental X-rays taken once a year. This will give you the best idea of how well your at-home hygiene practices are working.
- Gum Disease
Gum disease is the result of plaque buildup at or below the gum line. People who don’t floss after brushing generally develop gum disease, since most toothbrushes are not designed to reach plaque there. It is highly likely that you’ll miss plaque when flossing, so it’s important to see your dentist regularly. He or she will use special tools and skilled flossing techniques to ensure that your mouth is fully cleaned.
- Tooth Loss
Tooth loss usually occurs when gum disease is allowed to progress. The bacteria that cause gum disease destroy oral tissues and can cause the oral bones to deteriorate, eventually leading to loose or even missing teeth.
If you’re in the market for a highly skilled professional dentist, visit Colorado Advanced Dentistry. We specialize in gum therapy and gum disease treatment as well as cosmetic and restorative dental solutions. To learn more or to schedule a consultation appointment, call us at (720) 420-1103.