Dental Health Thousand Oaks
Because we focus on long term solutions and not a quick fix, we are committed to providing optimum care and education to our patients, so you can achieve and maintain healthy teeth for life.
Our practice is the largest Dental Hygiene practice in California, with 7 highly qualified, professional Dental hygienists to help care for your smile.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Did you know that 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, but there is something we can do about it! 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 constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
How does plaque affect the teeth?
Plaque is caused by secretions made by microscopic bacteria on your teeth. If you don’t uphold a strict oral hygiene regime plaque can gather between your teeth in crevices, and also create hard tartar which is practically impossible to remove without the assistance of a dentist such as Dr. Curtis Couch. This tartar can then erode the enamel of your teeth, making the innermost part of your teeth susceptible to bacteria which can damage the dentine and pulp, creating a very painful dental cavities and caries. This can later require root canal therapy which involves removing damaged dental pulp and resealing your teeth with a dental crown.
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 which will then later require replacement using a dental implant, bridge or full arch restoration depending on how significant your tooth loss is.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings performed by Dr. Curtis Couch and his team at his Thousand Oaks dental practice. 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.
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition