Dental services provided by the Troy Dentist include the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the mouth. We know that tooth decay results from the buildup of plaque on your teeth.
How Gum Disease Develops
When you finish eating, the bacteria lingering in your mouth immediately start working to break down those particles that produce acids. These acids lead to plaque buildup by combining with debris in the mouth. Not surprisingly, they are particularly drawn to lingering sugar deposited on your teeth.
Within 20 minutes after eating, plaque starts building up and, left untreated, can be destructive to your dental health. Plaque will often form deposits on your molars and particularly near your gumline where the bacteria will quickly build up, causing gum disease.
Effects of Gum Disease
The bacteria not only seeps up under the gumline leading to periodontal disease and other serious health complications, it can also lead to erosion and weakening of the tooth enamel. Without treatment, the weakened tooth will continue to decay, ultimately forming a cavity.
Again, if a cavity is left untreated by your Troy Dentist, the tooth will continue to decay, the cavity will increase in size, and an abscess may occur ultimately potentially leading to destruction of the tooth. But good common-sense dental hygiene practices can go a long way towards reducing or even eliminating dental plaque:
- Brush Frequently
- Floss Daily
- Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks
- Drink Tap Water
- Get Sealants
Of course, even the most diligent at-home dental hygiene cannot completely remove plaque buildup. While it is essential to follow the five points above, it is even more critical to combine these practices with routine dental exams and professional cleanings.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam, please contact our dentist office. We will be happy to make a convenient appointment and get your oral health back on track.