Dental plaque is like a film. It’s sticky, invisible, and bacterial in nature. It can be found on your teeth, between them, and also at the gum line. At Dental Arts of Boston, we make it a high priority to help you to avoid the consequences of this substance with twice-yearly teeth cleanings and essential guidance to put to use between those visit here.
Sugar is like fuel when it comes to plaque. Our Boston dentist office recommends that you avoid sugary foods and drinks, and those that are starchy, too, such as potatoes, pasta, and rice. You might be surprised how many products have sugar in them. Condiments like ketchup, bottled salad dressing, and boxed cereals that you might assume are sugar free (corn flakes, bran flakes, etc.) all have sugar. Regardless of your nutritional choices, you should brush your teeth when you awaken each day, and then again at bedtime. For your nighttime session, also floss thoroughly. The goal is to remove 100% of plaque, though that is not always possible. Some may hide out of reach of your oral hygiene, subsequently turning into tartar, which is a hard, crusty form of plaque. And it is at least partly because of tartar that you should make a trip to our Boston dentist office every six months. In addition to an examination to determine the effects that plaque and tartar have already had, you will get a teeth cleaning to eliminate tartar fully. This has the added benefit of reversing any signs of early stage gum disease, gingivitis. Without a teeth cleaning, you would be at greater risk for more and larger cavities, as well as the progression of gum disease to the advanced stage, periodontitis.
With the help of our Boston dentist office, there is every reason to be confident that you can avoid problems brought on by dental plaque. Contact us to set up an appointment.