Certain conditions such as cavities and gum disease can impact the smile’s health and wellness. It can also cause irreversible damage that will need to be addressed with an Oakville, Ontario, area dentist. At Sherwood Dental, we encourage patients to learn about the ways they can protect their smiles from cavity development and gum disease with proper oral healthcare routines.
How do gum disease and cavities impact the smile?
Your smile is meant to last a lifetime, but without proper care, you may be putting your smile at risk for a variety of issues, including gum disease and tooth decay. Gum disease is an infection that starts in the soft tissues. Without appropriate treatment in the earliest stage, known as gingivitis, the condition can spread and result in the loss of gums, bone, and teeth. Tooth decay is caused by acids on the teeth that occur with poor oral hygiene and creates small holes in the natural tooth enamel. These holes can become large, resulting in infection of the tooth’s inner canals or severe pain and discomfort.
How can I prevent gum disease and cavities?
Drs. Stephen Gaines and Arti Patel of Sherwood Dental offer solutions to help prevent and treat cavities and gum disease. A popular anti-cavity treatment is fluoride and sealants, which provide an extra layer of protection against cavities when paired with good dental hygiene habits. Gum disease can also be prevented with proper care of the smile, including brushing and flossing. Gum disease is a condition that cannot be cured, so it is best to be diligent about caring for the smile to keep it from developing in the first place.
Are you worried that you might be dealing with infection or decay?
Even if it’s not time for your six-month checkup at Sherwood Dental, it is important to visit your dentist when problems arise. Drs. Stephen Gaines
and Arti Patel
encourage patients to call the office to get a proper diagnosis of their condition and speak to a professional about appropriate treatment options. Call 844-951-8855 to request a consultation visit at Sherwood Dental, conveniently located at 2892 South Sheridan Way.