Dental plaque is invisible, but just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that it isn’t causing various issues for your teeth and gums. That coating you feel on your teeth when you awaken is the proof of plaque’s existence. Here at the office of Steven Marek, DDS, you will find the best strategies for eliminating plaque and preventing it from harming your oral health.
When you brush your teeth in the morning and again at night, you’re washing away dental plaque. Flossing at bedtime also loosens up sticky plaque between your teeth, and removes the food particles that help the formation of plaque. Sugar and starch are like fuel for it. All of the above is essential, but the complication is that many times, some of that plaque avoids the reach of your toothbrush and dental floss, where it subsequently turns into hardened tartar, which cannot be effectively eliminated with at-home oral hygiene. It’s a big reason why you should come in to our Shorewood dentist office on a twice-yearly schedule in order to have tartar buildup eradicated. There are two major benefits of this simple treatment. First, the chance of future cavities and gum disease are lessened. And second, any current indications of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, will be addressed and the effects reversed. Our Sherwood dentist office is dedicated to this, because if allowed to reach an advanced stage, gum disease can end up causing the loss of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth among other alarming outcomes. Symptoms like receding gums, bleeding gums when you brush, persistent bad breath, and infection are all possible.
Book your next visit to our Shorewood dentist office. Reach out to us right now and set up a convenient time to come in. Be proactive about dental plaque.