Why is Oral Health So Important?

Dr. Richard Van Gurp and his team want to remind patients to maintain their oral hygiene at home and to look out for common dental problems. Whenever you visit our office, our dental team will take note of any developing oral health issues.

You can schedule an appointment in our Charlotte, NC dental office to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Contact our dental office at (704) 542-2884 and learn more about the common dental problems to be aware of below:

Charlotte NC Oral Health

Crooked Teeth

If you have crooked and misaligned teeth, you may find they are more difficult to clean between than straight teeth. Even if patients floss regularly, they often aren’t able to provide their teeth and gums with a deep clean. Plaque and bacteria can buildup between crooked teeth, which is why patients with crooked teeth are more likely to develop gum disease and other oral health problems. We provide patients with regular in-office dental cleanings for a deeper clean. Our dentists use special tools and can get in hard to reach areas where plaque can build up.

Gum Disease

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is mainly caused by poor oral hygiene. When patients do not floss frequently, gums can become sensitive and plaque can build up between teeth. Over time, gum disease loosens teeth and causes gums to recede. In the most severe cases of gum disease, patients can lose their teeth. Regular flossing and dental cleanings are good preventative treatments to keep the teeth and gums healthy and infection-free. However, our office also offers periodontal therapy to clean and remove infection beneath the gum line.

Missing Teeth

When cavities and tooth decay are not treated soon enough, teeth begin to wear down and eventually fall out. In addition, when a missing tooth or teeth are not replaced, even after a necessary tooth extraction, the remaining teeth may shift and cause overcrowding in the mouth. Overcrowded teeth are more susceptible to decay as they are difficult to clean between. Dental implants, bridges, and dentures are restorative options that can be used to replace one or multiple teeth.