Most people have heard of dental plaque, but the more you know about it and what it is responsible for, the better prepared you will be to avoid the worst consequences of it. At Southington Dentistry, we work with you to prevent the effects of dental plaque and to remedy any harm that it has led to.
You can’t see dental plaque, and the only time you can actually feel it is when you wake up in the morning. You probably notice what seems to be a film over your teeth, accompanied by an unpleasant taste in your mouth. You likely have morning breath at that time, too, though it’s something that only others would notice. As soon as you brush your teeth thoroughly, though, all that is gone and you can have your coffee, tea, juice, or breakfast. That film is dental plaque. As you were sleeping, it was forming on your teeth and at the gum line. It is comprised of bacterial acids which then decay your tooth enamel. Eventually, that decay can become a hole, or a cavity. Your gums are not immune to dental plaque, either. Irritation, inflammation, and infection are all possible outcomes. Our Plantsville dentist office advises you to brush your teeth before bed as well as in the morning, and also after meals for the best results. Floss your teeth at bedtime, too, loosening up sticky plaque that is stubbornly clinging there, in addition to dislodging food remnants. The sugars and starches in your diet are the fuel that cause dental plaque to grow in the first place, so keep them limited as best as you can. And then get a teeth cleaning at our Plantsville dentist office every six months to remove tartar buildup and reverse the signs of early stage gum disease.
With your busy schedule, it’s all too easy to let it slip your mind, so please contact us right not to schedule an appointment at our Plantsville dentist office.