We’ve all made (and likely broken) our share of New Year’s resolutions. Who amongst us doesn’t have a history littered with unused gym memberships, forgotten fad diets, and abandoned vows of self-improvement — good intentions aside?
But for 2018, we challenge you to make — and keep — a very special resolution. One that will improve your appearance, boost your confidence, and have far-reaching effects on your overall health. One that will, potentially, save you lots of money and untold hours of discomfort and pain.
This New Year, resolve to focus on the health and beauty of your smile. By establishing a routine of excellent oral hygiene habits at home plus regular professional cleanings and exams, you will minimize your susceptibility to tooth decay and gum disease. You will be less likely to require expensive and invasive restorative procedures down the road. And research continues to confirm that dental health is closely tied to the well-being of your entire body.
This is a resolution that you can’t afford not to keep.
First step: call the Dallas, TX area office of Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS at 972-360-9944 and schedule your next checkup. We will get your teeth and gums into great shape with a thorough cleaning and examination. We will also arm you with the knowledge and encouragement you need to make this resolution the starting point for a lifetime of excellent dental health.
Continuing Care Matters
Good oral care is an ongoing, lifelong commitment. It is not difficult — in fact, over time, it will become second nature — but it is important to be vigilant and not let it slide.
A Consistent Routine at Home
We get it, you’re busy. When you’re rushing to get out the door in time in the morning or exhausted after a busy day, it can be tempting to skip the brushing and flossing. It’s okay — just this once, right?
Consistency and routine are essential to keeping tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Work the time into your schedule and make yourself stick to it until you don’t even have to think about it any more. If you are a parent, consider that you are also setting an example for your kids. If they learn the importance of meticulous oral care at a young age, they will carry that lesson with them for life.
Come See Us Every Six Months
Even if you take care of your teeth and gums correctly at home, twice-yearly dental visits are essential for preserving the health of your mouth.
- One of our expert hygienists will give your teeth a thorough cleaning. We have tools that remove disease-causing plaque and tartar from areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. The hygienist will also floss and polish your teeth so that they shine.
- Dr. Kerbel, Dr. Callier, or Dr. Margolin will examine your teeth and gums. Many dental issues are symptom-free in their early stages. We are able to catch problems while they are small and treatment is relatively easy. We will check you for gum disease, oral cancer, and other issues.
- We may take digital X-rays of your mouth. These enable us to see deep problems like abscesses, decay between teeth, and impacted teeth. We also have a DIAGNOdent pen, with which we can non-invasively detect tiny and hidden cavities.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
While preventing tooth decay is an important part of preventive care, you may be surprised to learn that gum disease is actually the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. So in addition to maintaining the health of your teeth, we will be keeping a close eye on your gums when you come for your checkup.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is caused by a buildup of bacteria-laden plaque and tartar in your mouth. Your gums may become inflamed, tender, and start to bleed. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it may progress to severe gum disease, or periodontitis. Your gums may begin to pull away from the teeth, and pockets of infection may form. Eventually, you can suffer serious tissue damage, bone deterioration, and tooth loss.
The sooner gum disease is caught, the easier it is to manage. Gingivitis is typically reversible by regular professional cleanings and good care at home. If your gum disease is more advanced, you may require a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. We also have a state-of-the-art Perio-Lase dental laser that enables us to comfortably remove infected tissue.