All cavities and gum disease can be traced back to dental plaque. Fortunately, there are ways to keep it from being a hazard to your oral wellness. At Cosmetic and General Dentistry, we suggest a simple yet successful strategy of good nutrition and oral hygiene supplemented by examinations and cleanings at our New City dentist office every six months.
Dental plaque has no color, and you can’t see it. But you will certainly feel its effects when it erodes your tooth enamel and irritates, inflames, or infects your gums. No one method alone is sufficient to stem the impact of dental plaque, but when combined with one another, you will find that cavities and gum disease start occurring far less frequently, and maybe not at all. Eat a nutritious diet, and limit your consumption of sugar and starch, since they are responsible for fueling the growth of dental plaque in the first place. If you follow the guidelines of our New City dentist office, you’ll brush your teeth at least twice per day, first thing each morning and last thing each night. If you can manage to do so after meals, too, you’ll be in an even better position. Floss every night at bedtime, and be sure to get between all your teeth. You may not get all of the plaque with home oral hygiene, because it can hide away and out of reach, such as in gum pockets. But you should get the vast majority. As for what remains, leave that to our New City dentist office when you show up for your twice-yearly exam and cleaning.
You can absolutely stop dental plaque, or at least slow down its progress and deal with its results before you suffer more severe consequences such as toothaches, infections, and tooth loss. Reach out to our office to book an appointment.