The Westchester area dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake know that your at-home oral hygiene routine is a vital component of a healthy mouth. Your home routine should include brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day in addition to flossing at least once. This simple routine takes only minutes and can greatly reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

But as careful as you are, your at-home routine is not enough to maintain good oral health. As part of your general dentistry routine, you need to schedule twice-a-year visits at our Westchester County office. During these visits, Dr. George Sepiashvili or Dr. Wanda Mejia will provide you with a thorough examination to detect early warning signs of potential dental issues, and provide you with the appropriate treatments based on your needs. These visits also include a professional cleaning, which remains the only way to effectively remove the tartar and plaque your at-home routine may miss.

If you are overdue for your regular cleaning and checkup, please call (914) 526-2144 today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.

Woman at the dentist for a teeth cleaning knows the importance of proper dental hygiene

Importance of Proper Dental Hygiene and Teeth Cleaning

There are numerous benefits that come with a proper oral hygiene routine. Plaque is an unavoidable result of every food and beverage you consume. A good amount of this sticky film of bacteria can easily be removed from the surface of your teeth with a tooth brush, and from in between your teeth with floss. However, it is nearly impossible to remove all of it. Plaque takes 24 hours to turn into tartar, a much harder substance to remove. Tartar acts to secure bacteria onto your teeth, resulting in tooth decay and gum disease. During your biannual visits, tartar is removed from your teeth, eliminating the threat of more serious problems.

Tooth decay and gum disease will require services such as dental fillings and periodontal treatments, but can have much more severe consequences. Untreated tooth decay can entirely destroy a tooth, leading to root canals and even extractions.

Worse still, recent studies have found a conclusive link between gum disease and chronic health conditions such as heart disease, respiratory problems, and complications with pregnancy. Gum disease has also been linked to several forms of cancer, including oral cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer. If detected early, both decay and gum disease can be treated before they lead to these problems. We can detect these issues through a professional examination by one of our experienced dentists.

Regular Checkups Can Save You Money

This not only helps protect your health, it can protect your finances. Dental problems are easier to treat when they are detected early. You can get an inexpensive filling instead of a more expensive dental crown or even an extraction followed by a dental implant.

In addition, people who maintain healthy gums or get gum disease treated can save thousands of dollars in treating related health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or pregnancy complications.

Your oral hygiene routine is important for maintaining both a healthy mouth and body. Our Westchester County dentists are devoted to the safety and comfort of all of our patients, and will work closely with you to ensure you mouth remains healthy for years to come.

If you live in or around Westchester County and would like more information on proper oral hygiene and tooth cleaning, please call (914) 526-2144 or email the helpful staff at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule an initial consultation today.