Tooth plaque buildup is the leading cause of tooth decay and your Arlington TX dentist can help you fight periodontal gum disease with regular dental check-ups and dental hygiene. Ted French DDS has been working with dental patients for more than 25 years and is a premier cosmetic dentist offering a comprehensive selection of dental services.
The American Dental Association website offers more information on plaque buildup and tooth decay:
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums. Following a meal or snack, the bacteria in plaque release acids that attack tooth enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to weaken, eventually causing tooth decay. Many of the foods we eat cause plaque bacteria to produce acids. If you snack often, you could be having acid attacks all day long. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.
Plaque also produces substances that irritate the gums, making them red, tender or bleed easily. After a while, gums may pull away from the teeth. Pockets form and fill with more bacteria and pus. If the gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed. The teeth may become loose or have to be removed. In fact, periodontal (gum) disease is a main cause of tooth loss in adults.
One way to prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease is by eating a balanced diet and limiting the number of between-meal snacks. If you need a snack, choose nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or a piece of fruit.
Ted French offers complete dental hygiene service, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, bonding, crowns, veneers, implants, and non-surgical Laser Periodontal Therapy™. Visit the Arlington TX cosmetic dentist website to fill out an appointment form or call (817) 461-2843 to schedule a dental appointment.