You may already know that maintaining proper oral hygiene is the smart thing to do. When you brush your teeth, floss, and visit your dentist regularly, you’re less likely to develop cavities and gum disease. It can be easy to let some of these positive habits slip amidst a busy schedule. If you need an extra incentive to help you remember to take care of your teeth and gums, you should know that it’s also the fiscally savvy thing to do. Poor oral hygiene and gum health can be costly to your overall being, as well as your wallet.

Poor Gum Health Can Lead to a Lifetime of Treatment

How will poor gum health cost you? When you fail to clean your gums, plaque can develop around and beneath the gum line. This causes inflammation, and chronic inflammation leads to gingivitis — gum disease. This condition is treatable, but if you fail to address your gum disease, it can progress and become periodontitis. Periodontitis requires consistent treatment to avoid jawbone degradation and tooth loss. A lifetime of treatment and the side effects that can accompany periodontitis make it a condition that you’ll want to avoid.

Deep Cleaning Can Improve and Maintain Gum Health

If you do experience inflammation around your gum line, you don’t have to sit by while things get worse. Visit your dentist for a deep cleaning, also known as “scaling and root planing.” This treatment can remove plaque buildup and keep your gums healthy. Your dentist will access the roots of your teeth and remove any bacterial buildup. He or she will then smooth the surfaces of the roots, as bacteria often leave behind grooves or ridges. It’s akin to the polishing process done during routine cleanings.

Greenhaven Family Dental Provides Gum Health Services

If you are suffering from gum inflammation, or it’s simply been a while since your last dentist appointment, now is the time to call Greenhaven Family Dental. Dr. Roberts and his staff provide a full range of preventive and restorative care procedures in a family-friendly environment. Greenhaven is currently welcoming new patients of all ages. To make your appointment for a checkup or deep cleaning, contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.