If you want to make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, you should come and visit us at our dental practice, Linda M. Weinfield DDS. In order to have healthy gums, you need to have periodic dental cleanings at our practice as well as regularly scheduled dental exams. Even with the very best at-home teeth cleaning regimen, some tartar and plaque will build up on teeth. You will need to visit our South Chicago dentist to make sure that you are not developing gingivitis or gum disease due to this build up.
Our South Chicago dentist is Dr. Linda Weinfield. She will be able to examine your teeth and let you know if you are developing gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, or whether or not the pockets have already formed between your teeth and gums. When this occurs, you are well on your way to having serious gum disease as tarter, plaque, bacteria, and food debris will all gather in the deep pockets and infection will form. Tartar and plaque left on your teeth will encourage the development of deep pockets. When plaque stays on your teeth, after tooth brushing, tartar will form. Tartar is a hard and mineralized substance which will tightly adhere to your teeth. Tartar can only be removed from your teeth using professional dental cleaning instruments. This is why it is so important for you to have periodic dental cleanings at our office. No amount of at-home tooth brushing will ever be able to remove tartar.
When the patient develops gum disease, he or she needs to be treated as the gum disease will never go away by itself. If left to progress, infection from gum disease can travel down to your jawbone. When this occurs your teeth will begin to loosen and may even fall out. Infection from gum disease can also travel through your bloodstream and cause serious health problems, including heart issues. These are just some reasons why it is so important that you keep gum disease at bay. If it is seen that you are developing mild to moderate gum disease, it will likely be recommended that you have a periodontal scaling and root planing treatment. This treatment will act as a deep cleaning for the gums, and will remove all infection and materials from the deep pocket so that they can heal. For an appointment to see our South Chicago dentist for a dental exam, or to come to our office for a teeth cleaning, contact us today.