Preventive care includes your own oral hygiene efforts plus visits to our office twice per year for a dental exam and teeth cleaning. At the practice of Stuart Shaffren, DDS, we’re dedicated to keeping your teeth cavity-free, and your gums strong and vibrant.
The point of preventive care is to address dental plaque and the effects it is responsible for. It’s a filmy substance that grows on teeth and at the gum line. Any plaque that remains after your brushing and flossing hardens into tartar. When you suffer tooth decay or gum disease, you’re experiencing the unmistakable impact that plaque has on your oral wellness. Decay leads to cavity formation, which in turn puts you at risk for a toothache or infection. If you follow the chain, the next step is root canal therapy or even a tooth extractions. Our Queens Village dentist would like to keep those consequences from occurring. As for your gums, plaque irritates and reddens them, and that’s just for starters. The early stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is reversible. A teeth cleaning, done when you visit our Queens Village dentist, does that for you, in addition to eliminating tartar buildup and residual plaque. It’s the ultimate in preventive care, because you’re preventing future cavities and the progression of gum disease to an advanced stage, whereby you would then be subject to inflammation or infection, and the complications that those effects cause. At its worst, that means loss of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth that may end up falling out. Don’t forget that while you’re here, if any cavities are diagnosed, filling them promptly is key.
Depend on our Queens Village dentist for preventive care. All you need do is contact our office to set up a convenient time to come in. It’s a small amount of effort that yields you a great deal of benefit for your dental and periodontal health.