One of the most significant oral health risks that can plague your smile is due to plaque buildup. Plaque buildup on your teeth and gums consists of debris and bacteria. Through plaque buildup, bacteria can convert harmful ingredients and substances in your mouth into acids that will begin to chew through your tooth enamel and cause dental erosion to occur. This can lead to tooth decay and cavities as well as eventual tooth loss. Plaque buildup is even responsible for increasing your risk for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
The first step in treating plaque buildup is through your oral hygiene. Cleaning utensils are designed to help keep your teeth clean of all sorts of debris, including plaque. Always make sure you are brushing twice a day and flossing once a day as well. For additional help with your cleaning, visit your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning. However, if you wait too long to clean your mouth out from debris and plaque buildup, plaque can turn into tartar. Tartar is difficult to remove with brushing and flossing alone, so you will need to visit your dentist to have it taken out.
Plaque can also be eliminated through the use of saliva. Saliva is a substance in your mouth designed for eliminating harmful substances that seek to damage your teeth. Saliva can help wash away food debris in your mouth as well as target plaque and bacteria in your mouth and neutralize harmful acids. Furthermore, saliva can provide disease-fighting substances to help keep your smile safe. Producing saliva often requires the use of eating right or using effective cleaning utensils. Studies have shown that by chewing sugarless gum after meals for a period of roughly 20 minutes or more, you can produce additional saliva in your mouth. Similarly, crunchy foods with a high water content can also produce additional saliva.
For more information concerning plaque buildup or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Nicastro and Felpo plus the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Port Jefferson Station, New York, by calling 631-928-2020. N.J. Nicastro Dental PC looks forward to upgrading your smile!