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.