If you want to make sure that your teeth and gums remain healthy, you will want to keep your teeth as plaque-free as possible. In part, this can be done by maintaining a great at-home regimen of teeth brushing and flossing. Coming to our 08060 dental office, Ella Kerzhner DMD, for regular dental exams and cleanings is also important for making sure your teeth remain plaque-free.
Dental plaque is an extremely sticky and colorless film that is continuously formed in your mouth. It will stick to your teeth and can cause dental cavities and even gum disease. Dental plaque is made up of many different types of bacteria, some of which will mix with the carbs in your mouth and cause acids. These acids will attempt to eat through your tooth enamel and cause dental cavities. When dental plaque accumulates along the gum lines, it will irritate your gums and can cause gingivitis. Gingivitis is a common precursor to gum disease. During a regular dental cleaning at our 08060 dental office, all plaque and tartar will be removed from on your teeth, between your teeth, and from just below the gum line. Even with the very best at-home dental cleaning regimen, you will not be able to reach these areas and remove dental plaque. If dental plaque stays on teeth for any amount of time, it will harden and turn into tartar. When tartar remains on your teeth, it will encourage the development of deep pockets. Bacteria, food debris, tartar, and plaque will all gather in these pockets and you will have gum disease. With gingivitis, you will simply need to have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to help your gums return to good health. With gum disease, you will need to have a scaling and root planing treatment or gum surgery to help the deep pockets reduce in size.
For an appointment to visit our 08060 dental office for a dental exam in cleaning, simply contact us today.
By Ella Kerzhner DMD
April 30, 2019