Ever since we were small children the phrase, “Brush your teeth!” has been drilled into us. We all know that it is important to brush our teeth after eating and before going to bed but the question that is often not exactly clear is “Why?” The answer is dental plaque. According to our doctor in our North Attleboro dentist office of All Dental dental plaque is a sticky substance, a colorless film of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth and along the gum line. Plaque contains bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. If allowed to stay in place plaque turns into tartar, which is calcified or hardened plaque that attaches to the enamel on your teeth and below the gum line.
Once plaque hardens into tartar it is very hard to remove by brushing alone and needs a cleaning from our North Attleboro dentist office to remove it. Since plaque and tartar are formed from bacteria left by food these deposits become breeding grounds for bacterial colonies. Bacteria from the plaque colonies forms acids, which can begin to decay the teeth forming cavities, get into roots causing infections, pain or infect the gum causing periodontal disease. All these conditions can result in tooth loss, infections in other parts of the body and even bone loss in the jaw.
While our North Attleboro dentist office can restore teeth that have been infected by cavities and perform endodontic treatments on infected teeth roots as well as various periodontal treatments or surgeries on those patients with gum disease prevention is a much more effective route to take when it comes to plaque accumulation. The goal is to remove any plaque from the teeth and gums as soon as it is deposited. Here is where the old admonition to bush your teeth comes in – brushing is the most effective way to remove food debris and bacteria before plaque takes hold. Flossing and using dental rinses are also very important parts of daily tooth maintenance. Our doctor recommends regular checkups to monitor the condition of the teeth as well as twice-yearly cleanings to remove accumulated plaque and tartar. Please fight plaque by calling our office for an appointment.
Do you need root canal therapy? If you have a toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold items, and possibly tooth discoloration and gum tenderness, then the answer might be yes. No need to worry, though. At All Dental, we make sure the treatment is one you will feel at ease with. Done under local anesthesia, you will be sufficiently numb. In fact, most of our patients tell us they feel either no discomfort at all, or very little. And that’s good to know, because our North Attleboro root canal is an important treatment. It’s typically the only thing standing between you and tooth loss. Even though the procedure itself is not painful, you may choose to take advantage of our sedation options, if you prefer.
Some people think that it is surgical, but our North Attleboro root canal includes no cutting, no stitches, and no bandaging. Instead, it involves accessing the base of the tooth, where the pulp and the adjacent nerve are located. Infection or damage exists, and so they have to be removed. After that, our dentist will clean and disinfect the tooth’s canals. Those canals are subsequently sealed, which is done to prevent future infection. The final step is to place a permanent crown on the tooth, restoring it to normal size and function, and keeping it safe from contamination. Our North Attleboro root canal may take more than one session to complete, especially if the tooth has more than one canal. You’ll be fitted with a temporary crown in the meantime if that’s the case.
The rate of success for root canal therapy is at least 90%, and that’s reassuring. The only other option is removing the tooth, and it’s always best to keep your natural tooth whenever possible. Reach out to our office so that we can arrange a prompt appointment for you.
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With proper preventive care, you may be able to postpone the onset of cavities and gum disease for a very long time. With a foundation of good nutrition, oral hygiene at home, and two visits per year to us at All Dental, you can maintain strong teeth and vibrant gums both now and in the long term.
Dental plaque is the source of enamel erosion and the reddening and irritation of your teeth. When you consume sugars and starches, it spurs the formation of plaque, so try to keep a limit on those types of foods. Equally important is to brush your teeth both first thing in the morning when you wake up, and then again before you go to bed, with a vigorous flossing at night, also. Our North Attleboro dental office wants you to know that the purpose of these activities is to get at the sticky bacterial film that dental plaque is, and wash it out of your mouth to the greatest extent possible. Typically, this does leave some that has remained out of reach, such as in your gum pockets. That leftover plaque transforms into a crusty, hardened state, known as tartar. In the form, it is every bit as hazardous to your teeth and gums, but it is beyond the ability of simple brushing and flossing to eliminate. Every six months, visit our North Attleboro dental office, where a professional teeth cleaning succeeds in the eradication of tartar, along with any residual plaque. Just as crucially, any signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, are reversed with a teeth cleaning, and the advancement to the later stage of periodontitis is halted.
While it’s on your mind, reach out to our North Attleboro dental office to schedule an appointment for your teeth cleaning and dental exam.