If there were some way to ensure that you never had any dental plaque in your mouth, you would have healthy gums and cavity-free teeth always. Unfortunately, that is just wishful thinking. However, with a solid strategy of oral hygiene at home, good nutrition, and a teeth cleaning here at Lush Dental every six months, there is good reason to be confident that cavities and gum disease will be rare occurrences.
What exactly is dental plaque, where does it come from, and what can you do about it? Let’s start with what it is. Dental plaque is filmy bacterial substance whose acids erode tooth enamel, and irritate, inflame, and infect gum tissue. It develops as a result of sugars and starches, which means your foods and drinks. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do about it. For one thing, you can limit your consumption of sugar and starch. For another, you can and should brush your teeth first thing each morning when you wake up. That unpleasant taste (and breath) after sleeping is the evidence of dental plaque. Brush again after each meal, and conclude your day with a final brushing, combining that one with a vigorous flossing between all your teeth. When you come to our San Angelo dentist office, you will get a complete checkup, including periodic x-rays, which determine if you have any existing cavities that need treatment. It is with a teeth cleaning, though, that future cavities are made less likely. That’s because tartar, the hardened form of plaque, is eliminated. This can only be done at our San Angelo dentist office, since home methods are not effective in addressing tartar. A cleaning also reverses the effects of early stage gum disease.
Don’t let your oral health take a backseat. Contact our San Angelo dentist office to schedule your next visit to meet the effects of dental plaque head on.