The film-like bacteria whose acids eat away at your precious tooth enamel is known as dental plaque. That decay eventually leads to cavities. And your gums are also at risk for irritation, inflammation, and infection. Preventing and managing the effects of this sticky, invisible substance is at the center of the care provided here at Chancellors Way Dental.
In addition to plaque in its initial form, it can later harden and turn crusty, which is referred to as tartar. In either type, it is a hazard for your oral wellness. Sugar and starch act as fuel for the development of dental plaque. So to the extent that you can keep them limited in your diet, you’ll be on the right track to make tooth decay and gum disease less likely to occur. No matter what, though, you’re going to have some plaque, and by engaging in a smart strategy of oral hygiene, you will succeed in removing it regularly, giving it less time to result in consequences. How often should you brush your teeth? Our Guelph dentist office suggests that you do so when you get up in the morning, after meals, and again before you go to sleep. Also, floss between your teeth thoroughly and vigorously at bedtime. Tartar is different in the sense that you cannot expect to eradicate it on your own. At our Guelph dentist office, you’ll get a teeth cleaning that not only eliminates your tartar buildup, but also reverses the effects of early stage gum disease, which plaque and tartar are responsible for. Come in for your cleaning every six months, along with a complete oral examination, during which any existing cavities will be diagnosed and treated while they’re still small.
Reach out to our Guelph dentist office and book an appointment to come in for your next examination and cleaning.