Luckily, our dental hygienists and team at Ballantyne Center for Dentistry can help. We focus heavily on preventive dentistry, with services available to our patients in Charlotte and the surrounding communities.
Contrary to popular belief, the main cause for the loss of your teeth is not cavities – it is Periodontal Disease. So, what is periodontal disease? The word “dontal” means “tooth” and the word “perio” means “around”. So, periodontal means “around the tooth”. And what is around the tooth? GUMS!
Periodontal or gum disease is actually brought about by the bacteria that lives and breeds in and around the pockets which surround your teeth. This bacteria is found in a sticky and slimy substance that clings to the tooth called “biofilm”. The failure to remove the biofilm leads to an infection which can eventually cause you to loose all of your teeth.
The bad news is that there is absolutely no cure for this dangerous and common disease. And what is worse is that it is completely painless right up to an advanced stage. Another scary statistic is that 60% of individuals over the age of 40 have some form of periodontal disease
Here is what professional dental hygienists know that allows them to keep their teeth for their entire lifetime: The key to remaining free of gum disease is to have consistent and effective teeth scaling, polishing, pocket depth recording, and examination. That sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Well, that is everything you get, plus more when you have an appointment with one of our dental hygienists! We also provide a thorough oral cancer exam, head and neck exam, and customized hygiene tips and tricks you can use to help you keep your teeth a lifetime too.
If you see a qualified and highly trained hygienist (like ours) consistently every year (that could be two, three, or four times a year depending on your specific needs), there is an excellent chance that you will never lose any of your teeth.
If you are overdue to see the dental hygienist, contact us today. 704-274-2992.