Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by plaque, a sticky combination of bacteria and food. Plaque begins to build up on teeth within a few minutes after eating. If we do not remove plaque, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar that becomes trapped at the base of the tooth. Plaque and tartar irritate and inflame the gums. Bacteria and the toxins they produce cause the gums to become infected, swollen tender. As per the dentist in Cypress CA, by taking good care of our teeth and gums, we can help prevent problems such as tooth decay (caries) and gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis).
Plaque and tartar lead to a number of problems like:
• Cavities are holes that damage the structure of teeth.
• Gingivitis is swollen, inflamed, and bleeding gums,
• Periodontitis is the destruction of the ligaments and bone that support the teeth, often leading to tooth loss.
• Bad breath (halitosis)
• Abscesses, pain, inability to use our teeth
Healthy teeth are clean and have no cavities. Healthy gums are pink and firm, and do not bleed. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, we should floss at least once per day. It is best to floss after brushing. Flossing removes plaque that is left behind after brushing from between the teeth and on the gums. We must brush our teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We should use fluoride toothpaste. We must eat a healthy diet. We should avoid sweets and sweetened drinks. Eating and drinking a lot of sweets increases our risk of cavities. Smokers have more teeth and gum problems than non-smokers.
Regular teeth cleaning by Garden Grove Dental Care dentist removes plaque that may develop, even with careful brushing and flossing. This is very important for getting at areas that are hard to reach on our own. Professional cleaning includes scaling and polishing. This procedure uses instruments to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. Routine exams may include dental x-rays.
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