Professional cleaning removes plaque, calculus (tartar), and stain from your teeth. The cleaning is done by a dental professional in the dental office and we provide education in proper care of the teeth and gums. Don't let these terrible dental problems happen to You! We can help you improve your oral hygiene, but you have to take the first step, and that is to call us for your personal dental evaluation.
Bad Breath - Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the buildup of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic and sea foods may cause temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be as sign of gum disease or another dental problem.
Tooth Decay - Caries, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease. While caries might not endanger your life, they may negatively impact your quality of life. When your teeth and gums are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form that begin to eat away at tooth enamel. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks, and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth. Those deposits bond with the bacteria that normally survives in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque can damage the mineral structure of teeth, with tooth decay resulting.
Gum Disease - Gum, or periodontal disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss, and bone damage. Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Gum in the early stage of disease, or gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist like Dr. Shilpi Sawant, D.D.S. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing. One indicator of gum disease is consistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.
Sensitive Teeth - Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in the temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cranks, exposing the interior or the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth.
Canker Sores - Canker sores (aphithous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical solutions. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border.
Orthodontic Problems - A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types may be acquired. Some causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth, or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause malocclusion.