If you want to make sure that your teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible, you will want to control the amount of dental plaque that is on your teeth. This is done by making sure you have an effective at-home dental cleaning regimen, and that you visit us at Attentive Dental Care for regular dental exams by our Morristown dentist, and for regular dental cleanings.
Our Morristown dentist, Dr. Karey P. Matthews, can talk to you about the ways that dental plaque can hurt the health of your teeth and gums. When dental plaque remains on teeth, materials in the dental plaque will mix with the saliva and carbs in your mouth, and will form acids that eat through your dental enamel. When this occurs, you will have a dental cavity. Dental plaque at the base of your teeth can also irritate your gums, and cause you to develop gingivitis. Gingivitis is a condition in which the gums are swollen and irritated. If our dentist finds that you have gingivitis, he will most likely recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to help your gums return to good health. If gingivitis is not treated, it can lead to gum disease. When a patient has gum disease, deep pockets have formed between the teeth and gums, and plaque, tartar, food debris, and bacteria have gathered in the gums. This can cause teeth to loosen and eventually fall out, and can even cause health problems in other parts of your body. The best way to make sure that your teeth and gums remain healthy, is to remove as much dental plaque as possible from your teeth every day with at-home dental cleaning, and by coming in for periodic professional dental cleanings. Dental plaque is a clear and colorless film which is extremely sticky. It is continuously produced in your mouth, so it is important that your teeth are brushed and flossed every day.
For an appointment to visit with our Morristown dentist for either a dental exam or other dental care, contact us today.