Dental plaque is public enemy number one, so far as your teeth and gums are concerned. At You Should Smile, a great deal of our focus is on the prevention of dental plaque, and dealing with the consequences of it so that you can maintain the highest level of oral wellness possible.
What is dental plaque exactly? It’s film-like bacterial substance that forms on your teeth as well as at the gum line. Its acids succeed in eroding your precious tooth enamel. The inevitable result of that is that you get cavities in your teeth. Those same acids irritate your gums, turning them red instead of their natural, vibrant pink. And that is just for starters. The sugars and starches in your food and drinks cause dental plaque to develop. They’re like fuel. The good news is that when you brush your teeth and floss between them, you are effectively removing dental plaque; hopefully all of it, but at least most of it. If any plaque does remain, it turns into tartar, which is of the same hazardous nature, but is hard and crusty, making it virtually impossible to eliminate, except at our Mountain Lakes dentist office. With a professional dental cleaning, gone is tartar buildup and any residual plaque. Gone, too, are the effects of early stage gum disease. And that’s a good thing, because otherwise gum disease would progress to an advanced stage, and you would then have to come to our Mountain Lakes dentist office for a deep cleaning to manage periodontitis and the inflammation, infection, and unpleasant symptoms they cause.
Fortunately, a visit to our Mountain Lakes dentist office every six months is the best way to avoid cavities and gum disease in the first place. So call us today and set up your next visit.