Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Cary North Carolina

202 Towne Village Drive,
Cary NC  27513

near the intersection of
Waldo Rood Blvd. and Cary Pkwy.

Monday - Thursday  8:00am - 5:00pm

(919) 380-9311

info@saltzmandentistry.com

Cary NC Family Dentist Dr. Saltzman Helps Patients Maintain Dental Health

Dr. Saltzman, along with his family and cosmetic dentistry team in Cary NC, are prepared to answer any questions about dental health and appearance. In some cases, patients may need to visit a dental specialist, and we can recommend or provide information about them. We also encourage any questions about brushing and flossing, periodontal care, children and their dental care, and dental terminology.

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Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.

Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.

Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition

Periodontal Disease

Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

E. Scott Saltzman, DMD   •  
202 Towne Village Drive   •  
Cary NC  27513
  •  
919-380-9311   •  
info@saltzmandentistry.com

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Convenient to the communities of:
  Cary  •  Morrisville  •  Apex  •  Holly Springs  •  Fuquay-Varina  •  Raleigh  •  Durham  •  RTP  •  Triangle NC