The holiday season often causes us to be on the go a lot and sometimes eat more than we normally would during the course of a week. It is important to remember that your teeth and gums feel the effects of the added sugars and plaque buildup will most certainly be a result. 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. Preventing decay from plaque buildup is an important part of the health of your teeth and gums.
The American Dental Association (ADA) website offers some helpful information on plaque buildup:
Your teeth are covered with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Following a meal or snack, the bacteria release acids that attack tooth enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to break down, eventually resulting in cavities. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Brushing and cleaning between teeth become more difficult when tartar collects above the gum line. The gum tissue can become swollen or may bleed. This is called gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal (gum) disease.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
The ADA recommends you speak to your dentist about preventing plaque buildup. Depending on past dental work and the current health of your teeth and gums, alternative treatments may be available or required. The ADA also states they do not provide specific answers to questions about dental issues and your personal dentist should always be your primary source of information.
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.