The invisible, sticky film called dental plaque is responsible for both the decay of your tooth structure and the irritation, inflammation, and infection of your gums. It is bacterial in nature, and its acids lead to the previously mentioned harm. Cavities may develop, and teeth can become infected. Root canal or tooth extraction follow. And if your gums no longer are reliable as a foundation, your teeth can loosen and fall out. These are the complications that we work hard to help you avoid here at Long Beach Dental Arts, PC.
In the battle against dental plaque, the first line of defense is to keep it from forming. This is not to set an unreasonable goal. Some plaque will always be present, but the fewer sugary and starchy items you consume, the less will develop. Our Long Beach dentist office recommends frequent teeth brushing. Start off your day with it, then do it after meals. Finish up with one more at bedtime, at which point you should also perform a thorough flossing. The goal is to eliminate all dental plaque in your mouth, but some may remain, hiding in gum pockets and otherwise out of reach of your toothbrush and dental floss. The plaque that hangs around will harden, becoming tartar, and requiring a trip to our Long Beach dentist office to address. Our teeth cleanings succeed in eradicating tartar buildup and residual plaque. Early stage gum disease, or gingivitis, is reversed with a teeth cleaning, too.
So the benefits of making a trip to our Long Beach dentist office every six months are clear. Less chance of new cases of cavities and gum disease, and treating the current effects of dental plaque before they get out of hand and lead to pain and long term consequences. Please contact us to arrange your next visit.