Dental plaque is the primary reason why tooth decay and gum disease occur. At Contemporary Dental Associates, we can help you to avoid the problems that it inevitably causes if you don’t take measures to prevent it. Good oral hygiene at home plus visits twice per year to our Mastic dentist are a big part of the overall strategy.
If you’re wondering what the exact nature of dental plaque is, it’s a form of bacteria that grows on your teeth and tongue like a film. You can’t see it, but you can feel it, especially in the morning when you wake up. Sugar fuels the formation of dental plaque, and that includes starchy foods, as well. The reason you need to brush first thing in the morning is to remove the plaque that has developed overnight. And you need to brush before bed so that you can remove the sugar and starch from your teeth that leads to creating more plaque. Flossing before bed removes both food particles and plaque from between your teeth, further serving the purpose of prevention. When you come to see our Mastic dentist every six months, a teeth cleaning eliminates all of the remaining plaque, and the hardened tartar that it turns into when it hides in gum pockets, away from your toothbrush and dental floss. If any cavities have formed in your teeth due to the effects of dental plaque, they can be filled promptly, which will keep them from growing larger and putting you at a greater risk for weakening your tooth and letting bacteria inside. That can lead to an infection, severe pain, and the need for root canal treatment or even a tooth extraction.
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