Have you ever thought about the fact that most people’s 32 adult teeth grow in by the time they’re ages 12 to 14? This means that those permanent teeth must last for the rest of their lives. That doesn’t seem logical, and it’s “a big ask.” This is why you must do your best to preserve those teeth. One of the main methods is to fight off plaque.
The office of Merrick Dental Arts has a well-established reputation for providing high-quality care and compassionate service. Experienced in treating patients of all ages, we are an excellent one-stop solution for the oral healthcare needs of your whole family. Whether it’s time for the kids’ back-to-school checkup or you have a toothache, rest assured that we will provide the expert service you need and expect. New patients are always welcome to our state-of-the-art facility, your resource for the best in modern dentistry.
Plaque is a film that sticks to your teeth. It has no redeeming qualities. It spurs cavities and gum disease. This soft, fuzzy film starts to form within mere hours after you brush your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss thoroughly at least twice a day, plaque will harden and become tartar, which only a dental professional can remove.
Plaque is oral bacteria that easily convert carbohydrates, starches and sugars into acids. Plaque’s stickiness lets those acids adhere to tooth enamel, which can be dissolved by those acids and diminish the tooth’s mineral structure. The oral bacteria can also irritate and inflame gums to the point where they bleed and become sore and swollen—the nascent form of gingivitis.
Plaque and tartar can lead to periodontitis and tooth loss. When that dastardly duo builds up around and under gum lines, the gums recede, which makes pockets where bacteria collect. Frequent infections and inflammation easily lead to periodontitis and the destruction of the bones that support the teeth.
If plaque and all of the harmful conditions it can incite turn you off, then take impeccable care of your teeth according to your dentist’s instructions.
We at the office of Merrick Dental Arts are enthusiastic about treating your oral health. It’s as important to us as it is to you. In addition to the high-quality, comprehensive dental care we provide, we have a welcoming, patient-focused environment in which each client will feel at ease. Please call us today for an appointment.