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Preventative Dentistry

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General Dentistry

Keeping your mouth clean is a vital component of general health. Infections, diseases, or damage inside your mouth inevitably enter your body and can impact your overall health.

Preventive dental care is the easiest way to avoid infections and diseases that impact your teeth, gums, and body. But dental hygiene is a straightforward process that many people overlook. With routine dental cleanings and taking an active role in preventive dental care, you can keep your mouth healthy. The dentists and hygienists at Three Rivers Dental have the experience needed to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

Hygiene

Dental hygiene is the process of maintaining a clean and healthy mouth. Good dental hygiene prevents bad breath, cavities, gum disease, and more. An effective dental hygiene regime combines at-home preventive care and regular visits to your dentist. This combination should keep your mouth clean and prevent common dental issues.

Your home care dental hygiene routine includes brushing your teeth and flossing. You should brush your teeth two-four times a day, after each meal and before bed, and floss once a day. Doing so helps to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. You should also have routine dental cleanings with us in the office. Dr. Reilly and our hygiene team will determine an annual hygiene appointment schedule that is best for you depending on any existing dental conditions including periodontal disease.

A professional cleaning in our office boosts the power of your daily routine. You regularly scheduled professional cleanings with our dental hygienists will go deeper than your daily routine, which further ensures that what you are doing at home keeps your mouth healthy.

Routine dental cleanings also allow your hygienist and dentist to check your oral health. The exam with Dr. Reilly during your hygiene appointments allows the team to identify more significant dental issues early that can be treated immediately to prevent bigger problems down the line.

Periodontal or Gum Disease

Gum disease is the deterioration of your gums over time. It has different stages that vary in severity depending on how long it has developed.

The mildest and most common form of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene. The easiest way to prevent it is to brush your teeth two to four times every day and floss every day. Regular cleanings at our office can also help to prevent, or reverse the development of gingivitis.

If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease and is a more dangerous problem than gingivitis. Periodontitis can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss if you do not treat it. Your dentist can tell if you have gingivitis and if it seems to be developing into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a permanent irreversible disease, but it can be managed with proper care at home and deep cleaning in the office to remove bacteria in your mouth and gum tissue.

Early diagnosis is one reason why regular visits to the dentist are so critical. Common symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Puffy and swollen gums
  • Dark red gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Receding gums

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with us immediately. If you leave gingivitis untreated and let it develop too long, it can become periodontitis. This further development can lead to much more severe problems.

Routine Dental Cleanings

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Routine dental cleanings are one of the most vital components of dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day are the most important things you can do for your oral health.

The next most important action to take for a healthy mouth is regular visits to our office. Dental cleanings ensure your daily routine is doing enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

These appointments allow Dr. Reilly and the hygiene team to track the health of your teeth and gums. If tooth decay or gum disease, cracks in your teeth or other issues are developing, they will be evaluated and Dr. Reilly can make a diagnosis and discuss recommended treatment with you. If a diagnosis of an oral condition occurs at the right time, treatments could save your teeth. If you don’t see your dentist frequently enough, you are jeopardizing your teeth.

The deep cleaning and oral checkup a routine dental cleaning provides are essential for a healthy mouth. Professional dental cleanings help to keep your gums and teeth in good shape.

Patient’s Role in Preventive Dental Care

Seeing your dentist regularly is vital to your oral health. But you bear the largest responsibility when it comes to the health of your mouth, and you have the most opportunity to keep it healthy. You have control over the two most crucial aspects of dental health. You can choose to brush daily and floss every day, or you can choose not to.

The compound effects of these daily choices determine your oral health. You also have control over how often you go to the dentist. You can go twice a year per the recommendations. Or, you can avoid trips to the dentist.

Whatever you choose to do defines how healthy your mouth is. And, the health of your mouth determines if you keep your teeth for your entire life. Severe issues could threaten them staying in your mouth. Also, by keeping your mouth clean, you contribute to your overall health. If your mouth is full of bacteria, viruses, or has a disease that flows into the rest of your body.

At Three Rivers Dental, our top priority is to provide you with an anxiety-free dental experience. Visiting the dentist is crucial to your oral health and overall health. Our gentle, friendly, and compassionate staff want to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. It is our mission to make your visit to the dentist as enjoyable as possible!

Is it time for you to have a dental cleaning? Schedule an appointment at Three Rivers Dental in Greenland, NH, today!

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