What is dental plaque? It’s a sticky, invisible film that is bacterial in nature. It eats away at your tooth enamel, forming cavities. And it also irritates and reddens gum tissue. Those are just the early effects of it. The ones that can develop later are even more alarming. Here at East Windsor Dental Arts, prevention of consequences due to dental plaque is a high priority for us.
When defending against dental plaque, our Princeton Junction best dentist recommends that you stop it at the source whenever possible. The sugar (and starch) in your diet are the primary catalysts for the growth of dental plaque. Try to make sugar a minimal presence in your day-to-day life. Be wary also of potatoes, pasta, rice, and other starchy items, which have the same effect as sugar does on your oral health. Brushing at least twice per day is key: first thing in the morning and last thing at night. If you can manage, brushing after meals is also a very good idea. Flossing should be done once per day at bedtime. Unfortunately, some of it may manage to hide out of reach, like in your gum pockets. It then becomes hardened tartar, for which at-home oral hygiene is ineffective. What is effective is coming in to see our Princeton Junction best dentist, where in addition to having a dental exam to assess any effects of plaque, you will also get a dental cleaning to remove any tartar buildup you have. Without these sessions every six months, you could be risking infections in your teeth and gums, root canal therapy, tooth extractions, loss of gum and bone tissue, and more.
Arrange your next trip to see our Princeton Junction best dentist. Reach out to our office now and schedule a time that is convenient for you.
East Windsor Dental Arts
104 Hickory Corner Rd. Suite 202
East Windsor, NJ 08520