When you don’t get regular preventive care, you are at the mercy of pain and other symptoms alerting you to problems that have already taken effect. It’s far better to stop those problems before they can get started. At the practice of Lane S. Sofman, DDS, we recommend smart oral hygiene at home, and two visits per year to our Needham Heights dental office to keep your teeth and gums in the best condition they can be.
Tooth decay and gum disease are not the end of the world, especially when caught early. Remember, while the ultimate goal of preventive care is to keep these situation from occurring at all, early detection and prompt treatment also count. A small cavity that is not filled in a timely manner can become large enough to cause a toothache. An infection and an abscess may follow. You might have to get root canal therapy or possibly a tooth extraction. Not only does that mean difficulty and time consumption for you, but also expense. Put that money to better use by visiting our Needham Heights dental office every six months for a complete oral examination, periodic x-rays, and a teeth cleaning. Regarding gum disease, its early stage is known as gingivitis, and it is marked by redness and irritation. However, the later stage, periodontitis, is associated with symptoms like receding gums, bleeding when brushing, and bad breath that doesn’t go away. Loss of gum and bone tissue is possible, and that may result in loose teeth. Once again, it’s a teeth cleaning twice per year that puts up a blockade gum disease cannot get past.
Set up an appointment with our Needham Heights dental office by contacting us right now. With regular oral examinations and teeth cleanings, you can prevent most, if not all, of the common issues with your teeth and gums.