Dental Plaque

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Tooth decay is a prevalent oral health problem, affecting both children and adults. Visiting our dentist office for periodic examinations and teeth cleanings helps to prevent the onset and progress of cavities. At our office, we utilize precise and gentle methods to help you and your family maintain beautiful, cavity-free smiles.

Preventing cavities begins at home, with a daily oral hygiene regimen. By brushing and flossing twice a day, you help to prevent the damaging consequences of plaque, which is a sticky film that continuously accumulates in your mouth, harboring bacteria. The bacteria in plaque feed on sugars and produce acids that erode tooth enamel. As part of a comprehensive oral hygiene regimen, and to thoroughly combat plaque it’s important to visit your dentist for a professional teeth cleaning. We recommend most patients come in twice a year for a teeth cleaning, allowing a dental healthcare professional to remove plaque and tartar from difficult to reach spots. Although cavities can occur at any age, due to dietary and lifestyle habits, children are especially susceptible. To prevent cavities in our pediatric patients, we provide dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Dental sealants are protective coatings, painted on the biting surfaces of the back molars to seal out food debris and plaque. Fluoride is a mineral, which is applied to the surfaces of teeth to prevent the erosion of enamel.

To diagnose a cavity, our dentist will thoroughly examine the teeth, gums and their supporting bone structure, with the use of diagnostic films, as needed. Detecting tooth decay early on allows our dental office to deliver the most prompt and effective treatment. Our dentist will remove the decayed matter, clean the area, then fill the site with restorative materials. A tooth colored composite resin filling restores the appearance and function of your tooth, and blends in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth, for cosmetically pleasing results.

At our office, our goal is to help you and your family enjoy a lifetime of excellent oral health. Our dentist office aims to prevent, detect and treat cavities, keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. To learn about cavity treatment or to schedule an appointment, call today.