Quiz: Dealing With Tooth Decay And Gum Disease

What does it mean to have a healthy mouth? You might be tempted to say that a healthy smile is simply one that is cavity-free, but you should keep in mind that gum disease can also be a serious oral health threat. Fortunately, you can protect your gums with the actions you take to protect your teeth. Brushing and flossing will eliminate oral bacteria – by removing these harmful agents, you prevent them from infiltrating your gums, and requiring some form of periodontal treatment. In the case of tooth decay and gum disease, prompt restorative dental care is important. These conditions will grow in severity, and you can find yourself dealing with a more complicated dental trouble.

Questions:

True Or False: When gingivitis is not treated in time, your condition can worsen, and you can develop periodontitis, which can increase your risk for tooth loss.

True Or False: A cavity will not require a root canal treatment, except in cases where an infection has entered the interior of your tooth.

True Or False: Having your hygienist remove tartar during a routine visit is helpful, but if you really work at it you can usually remove tartar when you brush your teeth.

Answers:

True! Periodontitis will harm bone and soft tissue supporting your teeth – that damage can lead to tooth loss. Unfortunately, periodontitis cannot be reversed, but with regular care, its effects can be limited.

True! A root canal is only employed to protect your tooth from a problem that has reached the interior of your tooth.

False! Tartar resists at-home cleanings. The substance is hardened plaque – if you can keep plaque off of your teeth, you can avoid developing tartar.

Regular Dental Visits Can Help You Deal With Tooth Decay And Gum Disease

Problems with your teeth, or your gums, demand the attention of your dentist. If you have a problem that needs to be addressed, be sure to come in for treatment. Of course, this is not the only time you should seek time in your dentist’s chair. Regular checkups can help make sure you avoid these troublesome issues. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today  by calling (775) 829-7700, or by filling out a patient form. Located in Reno, NV, we proudly welcome residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrow Creek, and all surrounding communities.