Pediatric Dentistry is Important for Long Term Health
We offer quality care with our pediatric dentistry at Dr. Mcneal’s office. You’ve always been told to brush and floss your teeth twice daily, but have you listened to this advice at all? Many people admit to skipping out on flossing their teeth and only get it done at their bi-annual cleaning. Brushing alone will not clean your mouth completely as there are spaces the bristles just cannot reach. It’s safe to say that brushing your teeth only cleans off about sixty percent of the plaque in your mouth. The other forty percent hides deep down in-between the teeth close to the gums. Good dental habits start early in life with good pediatric dentistry.
If you allow plaque and bacteria to build up, then it will spread throughout the mouth. This can lead to problems such as gingivitis, cavities, tooth loss, inflamed gums, toothaches, and many other problems. Eventually the plaque will become a hard and sticky substance called tartar, making it impossible to remove without the help of a professional dentistry. All of this can be avoided by taking two minutes of your time each day to floss your teeth.
Flossing has many health benefits as well. It can make the teeth appear whiter by cleaning out the plaque that attacks from the roots of the teeth, reduce gum recession, saves you the money it would costs to surgically remove built-up tartar, gives you a fresher breath, and prevent tooth decay.
Since you haven’t flossed in awhile, it is only natural that the gums will bleed when you do. Don’t worry if this starts to happen, it occurs because the gums are extremely tender since they are not used to being flossed. Eventually the bleeding will become less common as the gums become stronger and healthier. To get started, it is recommended that you use a dental floss pick as it is easier to handle then string. Call us today for an appointment.