Bi-annual activities worth scheduling: a dental check-up and cleaning at our Gurnee clinic of family dentistry! Perhaps it doesn’t sound as exciting as booking a “family vacation”, but it is important! Really and truly?
What can a professional teeth cleaning do that your toothbrush can’t? Plaque is a mixture of bacteria, minerals and food leftovers that will stick to your teeth like glue. If brushed and flossed within 24 hours, it will come away from the teeth. But what happens if your oral hygiene habits are less than meticulous and some plaque particles are not swept away within that time period? The remaining plaque can then harden into calculus (known as tartar).
This hardened tartar is strong enough to resist the forces of a toothbrush. Does it really matter if nothing is done to remove it? Besides becoming unsightly over time, tartar poses a real danger to your health. This bacteria build-up irritates gum tissue and leads to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that causes gum tissue to separate from your teeth. An overabundance of bacterium will infect those vulnerable tissue pockets and cause long-lasting health issues.
By periodically receiving professional cleanings for your teeth, the plaque, calculus and stain can be safely removed using specialized tools and techniques before infection occurs. Make your appointment today with Dr. Rule in Gurnee to experience family dentistry at its best!