Hello and welcome back to the Mystic Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry blog! If you’ve been keeping up with our blog lately, you will have read about why flossing is good for you. We know — flossing isn’t fun. However, the benefits of flossing and the harm that can be inflicted on your teeth if you don’t floss are significant. Read our last blog or keep reading to learn why you should make regular teeth cleaning appointments with your family dentist in Wesley Chapel.

Oral Cancer

Like any form of cancer, oral cancer is serious and can quickly progress to become life threatening. Oral cancer is treatable, but only if it is caught in its early stages. When you go to the dentist, they will do a visual scan of your mouth to check for oral cancer, and some offer a more intensive exam. During this scan, the dentist will shine a special light in your mouth, which can help them see the slightest beginnings of oral cancer. Those who smoke and have other habits that make them more susceptible to cancer should see their dentist regularly.  

Plaque, Tartar, and Cavities

Even those who have excellent oral hygiene will have some plaque buildup simply because it is impossible to get every area of your teeth cleaned. Plaque that is allowed to harden becomes tartar, which can erode your teeth and cause them to become weak and susceptible to other problems. Cavities can give very little evidence that they are present other than sometimes a slight ache. However, cavities can also become quite painful. To preserve the integrity of your teeth and their longevity, and to avoid paying extra money for sometimes painful procedures, get your teeth cleaned regularly.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious oral condition and it occurs when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up. Because tartar can cause an infection in your gums, your gums begin to pull away from your teeth. The initial infection that leads to gum disease is called gingivitis, and when your gums begin to pull away from the teeth, this is when you officially have gum disease. Regular visits to the dentist, as well as regular flossing and brushing, will help you avoid this disease. However, if it does progress to this stage, you may need surgery, deep cleaning, and medication to combat the progression of gum disease.

When you see your dentist regularly, you can have peace of mind knowing that your teeth and all other aspects of your oral health are in perfect order, and that if there is anything amiss, that it will be addressed before it gets to an untreatable stage. Make an appointment with Mystic Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry family dentist in Wesley Chapel today.

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