Austin Dental Hygienist and Teeth Cleaning Services
With Dental Hygiene from 12 Oaks Dental
Don’t your teeth feel marvelous after they have been cleaned? Well there is more to your dental hygiene than clean teeth – much more! Your regularly scheduled teeth cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of bacterial buildup as well.
Many people don’t realize that clean teeth have fewer cavities and are much less prone to gum disease. Why? Both cavities and gum infections are caused by plaque, also known as biofilm. Plaque is the sticky film of bacteria that forms around your gums and on your teeth after eating, especially after eating foods high in carbohydrates or sugars. At first, plaque comes off quite easily, but within 48 hours, it hardens into tarter or dental calculus, which is rock hard and very difficult to remove. Brushing and flossing after every meal is the first line of oral hygiene defense, but your regularly scheduled hygiene visit ensures that your teeth stay clean, strong and bacteria-free!
If we do find signs of gum disease during your dental hygiene visit, we will discuss your treatment options with you. Treating gum disease without delay is extremely important. There is a direct and critical link between periodontal disease and whole body health. The bacteria present in gum disease can lead to all kinds of systemic problems such as strokes, diabetes and heart attacks. Don’t risk your health! Remember to schedule your dental hygiene visits!