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Why Do I Have Cavities?

Cavities form as a result of plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. Plaque can buildup on your teeth as a result of frequent snacking, eating sugary foods, drinking soda and other sugary beverages, and not cleaning your teeth properly. The oral bacteria in your mouth feed on the plaque buildup and produce an acidic residue that eats away at your enamel, creating soft spots and cavities. You can combat this by being diligent about brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once per day. Also, maintaining a healthy diet, low in sugars helps keep plaque buildup at a minimum. Of course, it is okay to eat treats and sugary foods now and then, but we recommend that you brush your teeth or rinse with water after to help keep you teeth clean. It is also important to visit Messenger Family Dentistry for a cleaning and exam every six months. At these visits, we’ll check to make sure you’re cavity-free and clean your pearly whites for a radiant, healthy smile!

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a preventable dental issue that is essentially an infection of the gums. There are three stages associated with periodontal disease. The first stage is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when the gums become inflamed due to plaque build-up at the gumline. If you have gingivitis, you may notice bleeding while brushing or flossing. Luckily, the effects of gingivitis can be reversed as no major damage to the jaw or bone structure has occurred.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis. At this stage pockets may form below the gumline and permanent damage can occur to your teeth and bone structure. We will not be able to reverse the effects of periodontitis, but we can halt the progression of the disease and save your smile with deep cleanings and proper periodontal treatments. 

The final stage of periodontal disease is known as advanced periodontitis. When the disease reaches this stage, your teeth may begin to shift or loosen. If we can not save your teeth, you may need to have them extracted and replaced. 

Luckily, periodontal disease is completely preventable with proper oral care. With a combination of diligent at-home care and regular professional cleanings and exams, we can work together to ensure periodontal disease stays at-bay.

How Can I Whiten My Teeth?

Teeth whitening treatments can boost your confidence and rejuvenate your smile. There are many methods of teeth whitening available, including over-the-counter products and whitening toothpastes. Some over-the-counter products can be dangerous as it is easy to over whiten your teeth or accidentally get the whitening agent on your gums, causing sensitivity. 

For the safest, most effective treatment, we recommend a professional whitening treatment. At our office, we offer custom take-home whitening kits. Dr. Messenger will create a set of trays that perfectly fit your teeth, ensuring proper delivery of the whitening agent for a pristine, healthy smile. You’ll simply follow Dr. Messenger’s instructions and whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. The effects will take place gradually, allowing for a discreet treatment.

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