You should worry about the formation of cavities, and you should make restorative dental work a priority if your dentist identifies a problem with dental decay. During your regular dental exams at our St. Louis, MO dentist’s office, we make cavity prevention and restoration a priority. With that said, your smile is vulnerable to other issues. Patients of Dr. Johnson-G’Sell can count on more than just protection against dental decay. At appointments, we look for other issues that can impact your appearance, health, and quality of life. To make sure you benefit from this protection, be consistent about scheduling and attending your appointments. Unless you are told to follow a different schedule by your dentist, you should go in for a checkup every six months.
While calculus buildup does not require restorative dental work, this is still a problem that calls for a trip to the dentist’s office. At every routine teeth cleaning, your hygienist will remove calculus buildup so that these deposits no longer make you vulnerable to tooth decay or gum disease. In addition to protecting your oral health, the removal of this substance will keep you safe against the accumulation of debris that hurts your appearance.
If problems with gingivitis are not addressed, an infection that affects your gums can grow more severe. Patients who experience advanced gum disease are more likely to lose teeth, and they can experience other worrying effects that impact their health. The removal of plaque and calculus buildup at the base of your teeth will keep you safe from potential issues with gingivitis. If symptoms of gingivitis are identified by Dr. Johnson-G’Sell, you can receive a special periodontal cleaning that will remove bacteria that have gathered below your gum line.
When your jaw joints are not properly aligned, you can struggle with both pain and stiffness when you bite, chew, and speak. Problems with your jaw can also lead to difficulties with teeth grinding that put you at risk for dental problems. When patients show symptoms of TMJ disorder, we can work on a solution that puts problems with pain, sensitivity, teeth grinding, and stiffness behind you!