Dental plaque is the reason that you have to be concerned about tooth decay and gum disease. At the office of Curtis W. Adams, DMD, PC, we’re committed to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, which means finding a way to combat this film-like bacterial substance and its effects.
It all begins at home. By maintaining a nutritious diet and keeping an eye on your sugar consumption, you’ve already taken a huge step in the right direction, because it is sugar (and starch) that spur the formation of more plaque. Its acids erode your tooth enamel to cause cavities. And it irritates, inflames, and infects gums, as well. So how do you deal with plaque effectively? Brush your teeth in the morning and again before bed, and be sure to floss vigorously before sleep, too. Some plaque tends to escape those efforts, no matter how efficiently they’re done, and that is what eventually becomes tartar, a harder and crustier form of dental plaque. At our Flemington dentist office, you will come in for your twice-yearly examination and teeth cleaning, which deals with both the current effects of plaque and tartar, along with preventing future ones. Cavities should be filled in a timely manner so that they don’t grow large enough to result in toothaches or infections inside your tooth. And a teeth cleaning at our Flemington dental office, in addition to eradicating tartar buildup and plaque, also reverses the signs of early stage gum disease, or gingivitis. If gum disease is permitted to progress to the later stage of periodontitis, you could find yourself with symptoms such as persistent bad breath, receding gums, bleeding when you brush, loss of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth.
Don’t take chances with dental plaque. Reach out to our Flemington dentist office and arrange a time to come in for a six month exam and cleaning.