Dental plaque is a bacterial film-like substance, and it has serious implications for your oral health. It is primarily responsible for both tooth decay and gum disease. So it stands to reason that knowing what causes it, and how to prevent it, is essential to promoting your optimal dental and periodontal well-being. At Bayside Dental Group, we’re committed to helping you avoid the worst consequences of dental plaque with our Oakland Gardens dentist.
There is no way to completely prevent the formation of dental plaque on your teeth and at the gum line, but you can greatly minimize it by eating nutritiously, and keeping a close watch on your sugar intake. Sugar acts like fuel for plaque, so the more of it you eat, the more plaque you are likely to have. And the more plaque you have, the more at risk your teeth and gums are. Our Oakland Gardens dentist recommends that you brush upon waking, and again at bedtime, with the nighttime session supplemented by thorough flossing. Proper technique for brushing and flossing is key, so be sure to ask our dentist for valuable guidance in this area. Plaque that escapes your oral hygiene regimen will turn into tartar, a hardened version of plaque that cannot be efficiently dealt with at home. However, a professional teeth cleaning from our Oakland Gardens dentist will eliminate both plaque and tartar, which is like hitting the reset button on your oral wellness. Coming in every six months will make the formation of cavities and the onset of gum disease less likely to occur. And as an important side benefit, if you are showing any indications of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, a teeth cleaning will reverse them and stop the progression.
Schedule your six month teeth cleaning as part of our comprehensive dental exam and checkup. Call us right now.