One of the best ways to protect your smile is to ensure that you have regular cleanings and checkups done. Routine cleanings are recommended twice a year, or rather, once every six months. Even the most loyal brushers and flossers sometimes miss the areas that only a trained eye can see. Without these thorough cleanings, tartar, plaque, and other bacteria can build up within these hidden areas. This buildup can then lead to far more serious oral health issues such as cavities, tooth decay and/or loss, and gum disease.
Other systemic diseases, like diabetes or heart disease, have often been linked to gum disease (or periodontal disease). Further research has determined that inflammation may be responsible for the association. By treating inflammation, we not only will help manage gum disease, but also may be able to help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.
In addition to a careful and complete cleaning, routine cleaning appointments will also include an x-ray scan in order to identify any potential issues taking place underneath the gum line. Trust the team at our dental office in Reno and Sparks to shield your smile for many years to come!