You can’t see dental plaque, but that doesn’t stop it from causing problems. It’s a bacterial film, and the acids within it create a hazard for your teeth and gums. And no matter what, you’re going to have to deal with it to some extent or other. That’s the bad news. The good news is that here at the dental practice of Richard L. Kalmans, D.D.S., we work with you to limit or eliminate the consequences of this substance so that you can enjoy optimal oral wellness, with few cavities and incidents of gum disease.
The root cause for dental plaque is the presence of starches and sugars. Those in your diet play a large role, and this is where the first line of defense comes in. Our Stamford dentist office recommends that instead of just brushing your teeth when you wake up and the again before bed, you should also do so after meals. It’s a strategy that provides less time for plaque to remain on the surface of your teeth and at the gum line. And that, in turn, lowers the chances of cavities forming and of your gums becoming irritated and red, the key indicators of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. When you come to our Stamford dentist office for your twice-yearly oral examination, in addition to checking for existing cavities and gum disease, your session includes a professional teeth cleaning. There are two benefits to it, both of them related to the mitigation of plaque and its effects. Tartar buildup, the hardened type of plaque, can only be eliminated with an office cleaning. And the signs of gingivitis are effectively reversed, meaning that you won’t be at risk for later stage gum disease, periodontitis, and the problems that come along with it.
Contact our Stamford dentist office to arrange an appointment for your next visit. Be proactive when it comes to dental plaque.