Tooth decay and gum disease are the two biggest enemies of your oral health, and both are traced back to dental plaque as the source. We at the office of Roger Curtiss, DDS want to help you avoid the consequences of dental plaque. And with a solid at-home strategy combined with twice-yearly visits for an examination and cleaning, you’ll be in an excellent position to make tooth decay and gum disease infrequent results.
Plaque is like a film that contains bacteria. It’s invisible, but you can sense its presence when you wake up each morning. That coating that feels as if it’s on your teeth and tongue is the evidence of plaque. Sugar fuels the production of plaque, so it’s a good idea to keep your consumption of it to a minimum. Brushing first thing upon waking up is essential to wash away that plaque in your mouth. You should also brush before you go to sleep, and combine that with a vigorous flossing. And if that’s all it took, you might never have to come to our Greenlawn dentist office. However, plaque can avoid the reach of your oral hygiene regimen, and then turn into hardened tartar. Once plaque has become tartar, it is virtually impossible to remove it except with a professional teeth cleaning at our Greenlawn dentist office. And since plaque can also irritate and redden your gums, signs of the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, it is essential to get a cleaning done every six months. It will halt the progress of gum disease and reverse its effects. Latter stage gum disease is associated with more severe symptoms, including the eventual loss of gum and bone tissue and loose teeth, so it’s easy to see how important cleanings are.
Pay due attention to your dental health. Contact our Greenlawn dentist office right now and schedule an appointment.