Plaque is a sticky substance when it begins to build up on teeth. However, in a day sticky turns to hard and forms a cement like layer of bacteria on teeth at the gum line and at hard to reach areas of the mouth like where teeth may not be straight. Consistent visits with the family dentist will allow these areas to be cleaned regularly removing harmful plaque that you can’t reach.
Plaque gets its start from foods and sugars left on teeth throughout the day or night. While brushing may get to much of the plaque, removing all of it is very difficult. This is why regularly scheduled visits with the family dentist are encouraged. The dentist or hygienist has the capability to remove plaque that you probably don’t even know is there.
With the correct instruments, the teeth are cleaned at and just below the gum line. In addition, those areas where teeth might be a little crooked that harbor bacteria leading to plaque build-up can be thoroughly cleaned.
Failure to remove this plaque allows bacteria to grow and penetrate little openings in dental enamel which leads to tooth decay. Once the enamel is breached, decay can unknowingly spread until discomfort occurs. At this point, the decay has penetrated the tooth to the nerve and the cavity must be treated.
Dental decay should be enough incentive to keep teeth clean, but knowing inadequate dental care can result in the development of dental diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis should motivate patients to brush and floss daily.
Gingivitis often starts out with bleeding gums or swollen, red gum tissue. Left untreated, this condition can rapidly escalate to periodontal disease. Chronic bad breath and the appearance of teeth pulling away from gum tissue or teeth feeling loose are more signs of gum disease.
At this point, intervention by the dentist is all that stands between you and losing your teeth. Cleaning the teeth and scraping damaging plaque from beneath gum tissue is often the first step. For extreme cases, gum surgery may be needed to save teeth.
Antibiotics and dental treatment are critical; however, the patient must understand their role in the proper care of their teeth. Daily flossing, brushing with a recommended tooth paste, and honoring the commitment to keep consistent dental appointments are mandated to prevent a relapse.
Contact Eurodental Studio today to schedule your bi-yearly dental check-up.