Dental plaque grows on your teeth, and also between them. It’s film-like nature is most evidenced when you wake up. That feeling that you can hardly wait to rid yourself of by brushing is caused by plaque. It is at the center of causing both tooth decay and gum disease. Here at Crown Dental, our Lebanon dentist goal is to keep your teeth and gums healthy in spite of plaque.
Sugar and starches fuel plaque, so be careful how much you consume, and be sure to brush also before bed, and floss at that time, too. It is also a good idea to consider a high quality dental rinse with fluoride. Every reasonable effort you make to wash away dental plaque is worthwhile. The bad news is that it can hide out of reach of your oral hygiene regimen, where it will turn into tartar, a hardened form of plaque. And once that happens, you can only eliminated it with a professional teeth cleaning. You’ll get one when you visit our Lebanon dentist for your six month checkup. Teeth cleanings also have the benefit of stopping the progress of early stage gum disease, gingivitis, and reversing any negative effects that that has resulted from it. That is not the only reason to come in two times per year to see our Lebanon dentist, but it’s very high on the list. Advanced gum disease, periodontitis, is the likely outcome of skipping or delaying your dental exam and cleaning. It brings with it symptoms such as persistent bad breath, bleeding when you brush, receding gums, loss of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth.
Keep your tooth enamel intact, prevent tooth infections and worse still, extractions. Also, keep your gums strong, pink, and vibrant. Call our office and book an exam and cleaning with our Lebanon dentist.