Serving Waltham, Belmont, Watertown, Newton & Cambridge, MA
Preventive dental care is key to an attractive and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. It is also important to your overall health. At Watertown Dentistry, we take your dental health seriously to avoid potentially painful and even life-threatening problems beginning in your mouth and spreading elsewhere in your body. Our staff will evaluate your unique dental care needs and develop a customized plan to preserve your smile and your health.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy begins at home but is incomplete without regular professional care. You should visit your dentist at least once every six months. Did you know that brushing or flossing your teeth too vigorously can cause damage? Your dentist can show you the proper way to brush and floss your teeth, as well as give you advice on which toothbrushes, toothpastes or mouth rinses are best for your teeth and gums.
Remember, healthy gums do not bleed! If you have swollen, bleeding gums you may have periodontal disease. The sooner you see a dentist to eliminate the problem, the better.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is necessary for good home dental care. Plaque begins accumulating 20 minutes after you eat, and when it is not brushed away, this sticky mix of food and bacteria will harden into tartar. Plaque and tartar can cause many problems including cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, halitosis, abscesses and health problems outside the mouth.
According to the Mayo Clinic, infections of the gums and teeth can contribute to cardiovascular disease, premature birth and low birth weight, problems regulating blood sugar of diabetics and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Infection that begins in the mouth can spread bacteria or other germs through the body. When these attach to damaged areas of the lining of the heart, the resulting infection is called endocarditis.
Routine professional cleanings and exams will help keep your mouth—and your body—healthy. We welcome any new patients to come and experience our thorough and gentle dentist and to ask any dental care questions or concerns that you may have.