Most people have heard of the word “plaque,” and know it’s not something you want on your teeth. Yet, they don’t know what exactly plaque is or how it contributes to dental decay. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that lives on the surface of your teeth and along the gumline. It accumulates from normal daily activities such as eating and drinking, especially if you’ve been consuming a lot of sugars and starches. Ever had that fuzzy feeling on your teeth that goes away after you give them a good brush? Yep, that’s plaque.
Plaque is what contributes to dental decay, as bacteria like to consume the sugars in your mouth and excrete acids that wear away at your tooth enamel. When you don’t regularly brush and floss away plaque, it forms tartar. Tartar is the calcified substance on your teeth that only a professional cleaning can remove.
At Reimels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer special services to treat excessive plaque build-up. Through a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, we can remove all the bacteria and toxins on your teeth and root surfaces, then smooth the roots so that is less likely that bacteria will re-adhere to the surface. This is a non-surgical procedure, but it may require a small dose of anesthesia to prevent discomfort during the removal. We can even complete the process with laser therapy in order to shorten your recovery period and limit any discomfort you may experience.
To regularly remove plaque outside of special treatments:
1. Brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.
2. Floss at least once a day to remove plaque that your brush can’t reach.
3. Visit us for your regular dental cleanings.
To schedule your bi-annual dental cleaning and check-up or to inquire about getting a deep cleaning, call our office today! (704) 948-1111