Despite the fact that the CDC estimates that as many as 47% of adult Americans suffer from periodontitis—the most severe stage of gum disease–research has shown that it is highly preventable. Periodontitis is usually the result of inadequate oral hygiene, and studies have shown that brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular checkups at your San Mateo dentist office can greatly reduce your chance of developing it.
Dental plaque is a sticky film made up of debris and harmful bacteria which naturally forms on the surface of the teeth. If you’ve haven’t brushed your teeth for a while you can probably feel the buildup of plaque on your teeth. As plaque accumulates over time, it has a tendency to migrate into the gums, where it hardens into tartar. This is the first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, which can lead to swollen gums and persistent bad breath. When caught early on, gingivitis can be completely reversed with a professional teeth cleaning and regular brushing and flossing thereafter. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced condition which can result in the loss of bone tissue, soft tissue and eventually teeth.
When you schedule regular exams and cleanings at your trusted San Mateo dentist office, our dentist can provide you with the most effective insurance against the dental problems caused by plaque accumulation. Even though keeping teeth plaque-free sounds easy enough, in practice, even with regular brushing and flossing, it can still form in hard-to-reach places. At every checkup, the Contemporary Dental team will carefully evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw for any sign of dental disease or developing problems that can affect your oral health.
At Contemporary Dental we take a preventive approach to dental care with the goal of keeping your teeth cavity- and gum-disease free from the start. Our experienced and courteous staff provide a warm, family-friendly environment where we can address your oral healthcare needs while keeping your comfort our top priority. To schedule your next visit for preventive care at our office, contact your San Mateo dentist office today!
105 37th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403