Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth not only helps to keep them clean and cavity-free, it helps to reduce tartar and plaque build-up in your mouth, and it helps to keep your gums healthy too.
But, like an iceberg, a large part of every tooth, including its foundation and roots, lies below the gum line where your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. If the support structure for your teeth and their roots aren’t regularly cleaned also, you could suffer periodontal disease.
To check for periodontal disease when you visit the dentist, your hygienist may examine your gums for evidence that there’s enough bacteria below the gum line to cause the disease. By checking your gums for ‘pockets’ it tells the hygienist whether they are healthy and clean, or whether you need a dental cleaning and deep scaling.
A cleaning and deep scaling helps prevent to onset of periodontal disease and the effects to your overall health that it can cause. So the next time you visit us here at My Dental Care Lindsay, Ontario, make sure to ask us how clean your teeth are below the gum line!