As gross as it sounds, our mouths are full of bacteria. These naturally occurring bacteria constantly form in the mouth to breakdown foods and beverages that we intake. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque between dental cleanings, and it is essential that people take their oral health hygiene seriously. At Juban Cowen Dental Care in Baton Rouge, we offer outstanding general dental care and prevention. Prevention is the key to avoiding gum disease, yet it is often overlooked by millions of Americans.
Each year in the United States millions of American lose teeth because of gum disease. In its earliest stages, gum disease is a reversible condition. However, once gum disease compromises the structure of the tooth and/or jawbone, it is irreversible and can result in tooth loss. Plaque builds up on the teeth every day. Brushing and flossing are necessary methods of removing this damaging substance, but they must be done regularly and together. Many people mistakenly believe that if they brush their teeth then they have a clean mouth. However, what dentists want patients to understand is that flossing is actually more important than brushing. Brushing removes the plaque on the outer surfaces of the teeth, yet the bristles of a toothbrush cannot fit between the teeth to remove plaque. It is in this tight, constantly moist, and warm environment that plaque thrives and grows. Without removal of plaque, the gums become infected and diseased. If left untreated, gum disease can eat away at the enamel of the teeth and infects the area below the gum line compromising the bones, gums, and tissues that support the teeth.
Dr. Juban and his staff strongly believe that preventive care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Routine cleanings, flossings, and checkups are all essential components in preventing dental disease. If you are looking for an outstanding dental practice in Baton Rouge, LA, call Juban Cowen Dental Care to schedule an appointment. We are dedicated to providing all of our patients with excellent, personalized care.