How effective are your efforts to prevent cavities from forming and affecting your oral health? While you should be confident in your oral hygiene routine, be careful not to assume you have no risks at all to worry about. People who underestimate the threat of decay can fail to identify shortcomings in their routine, or decide they can go without regular dental exams. This can leave you vulnerable to cavity troubles and other issues, like gum disease. Our St. Louis, MO dental office is ready to help patients of all ages prevent oral health troubles. Dr. Johnson-G’Sell can provide preventive services to keep you safe, and when necessary offer restorative dental work for active concerns.
You should be both consistent and thorough with your brushing and flossing efforts. Brushing at least two times a day protects you against plaque buildup and the accumulation of food debris. By removing harmful particles from your teeth, you prevent the formation of calculus, a hardened form of plaque that you will not be able to remove on your own. You should also fight the buildup of harmful materials by flossing at least once a day. This practice keeps the spaces between your teeth safe, which will help you avoid both dental decay and gum disease.
Unfortunately, calculus buildup is a common problem, and it can affect people who feel confident in their preventive care efforts. While you are not able to deal with existing calculus deposits on your own, you can count on your hygienist to remove any accumulations at your regular teeth cleanings. When you stick to consistent semiannual appointments, you can count on cleanings to reduce your risk for problems that might require restorative dental work.
If dental decay has become a concern, Dr. Johnson-G’Sell can identify the issue and address it before it worsens. While a small cavity still requires restorative treatment, less work is necessary, and more of your tooth structure is preserved. A cavity caught early can be treated with a dental filling. For a cavity that is more severe, we may need to place a custom dental crown, which requires more preparatory work.
Magnolia Family Dental provides consistent preventive dental services for patients of all ages! By providing this support, we help patients avoid oral health problems and remain confident in the condition and appearance of their smile. If you wish to learn more or schedule a visit, please contact our dental office in Kirkwood/St. Louis, MO at 314-822-4521.