One of the reasons regular dental visits are so important is that they allow your dentist to screen for signs of gum disease. Early detection can help our hygienists and Dr. Robert Seaman design the right treatment plan to reverse the effects of gum disease before they cause irreparable damage to your mouth.

Gum disease is caused by the toxins released by plaque. This occurs when plaque continually accumulates at and below the gum line. These toxins eat away at the supportive tissues which hold your teeth in place, destroying the surrounding bone and, in some cases, causing decay on the root surfaces of your teeth. The main cause of gum disease is the infrequency in regular dental cleanings combined with the impossibility of being able to remove all plaque from all surfaces of your teeth and gums every single time you brush and floss. This is why regular dental cleanings are so important—they are the only way to fully remove all the plaque and calculus (tartar or hardened plaque) from your teeth.

 

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