If you want to make sure that you have healthy gums and teeth, you will need to do two things. First, you will have to make sure that you follow a great at-home dental cleaning regimen, including proper tooth brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Secondly, you will want to make sure that you come into our dental practice for periodic teeth cleanings. Our Houston Best dentist will also provide you with a dental checkup every six months to make sure that your teeth and gums are remaining healthy.
At our dental practice, Rayburn & Hilliard DDS, our expert and highly trained dentists are Dr. Rodney K. Rayburn and Dr. Russell R. Hilliard. It is impossible to have healthy teeth without healthy gums. This is because if gums develop gum disease, infection from the gum disease can travel down to the jawbone. This can cause your teeth to loosen and even to fall out. Conversely, it is impossible to have healthy gums without healthy teeth. If teeth have tartar and plaque buildup on them, not only will they be much more prone to developing cavities, but they will also contribute to the development of gum disease. When plaque and bacteria remain on teeth, these materials contribute to the development of deep pockets to form between your teeth and gums. When these pockets form, plaque, bacteria, and tartar all gather in the deep pockets and infection forms. At this point you will have gum disease. For all these reasons, it is very important that you have teeth cleanings at our dental practice on a regular basis. Our teeth cleanings will thoroughly remove all plaque, bacteria, and tartar from your teeth. Tartar can only be removed with professional dental cleaning instruments since it is a mineralized substance which tightly adheres to teeth. Our Houston Best dentist will also examine your gums to make sure they are not developing any type of gum disease.
If it is determined that you have gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, our Houston Best dentist will most likely recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to get your gums back to good health. If it is seen that you are developing mild to moderate gum disease, and that deep pockets have already formed, our dentist will probably recommend that you have a periodontal procedure of scaling and root planing. This procedure is like a deep cleaning for the gums which will help your gums return to good health. If you would like to make an appointment to come in to see one of our expert dentists, or to have a teeth cleaning, contact us today.