It’s dental plaque that you can point at when it comes to the cause of cavities and gum disease. Effectively managing it, including how much of it develops, how frequently you engage in oral hygiene habits to remove it, and how often you visit our office here at Ladera Smile Dentistry every year will tell the story as to what degree of consequence it is responsible for.
If you want to have less dental plaque, eat and drink less sugar. It’s sugar that fuels the growth of this filmy bacteria. And starches such as bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes are the same as sugars for the purposes of your oral health. You don’t have to cut out all your favorites entirely. As a practical matter, it’s neither possible nor desirable to eliminate all sugar and starch from your diet, but you can certainly reduce your consumption of both, and our Ladera Ranch dentist office encourages it. The next phase is to give dental plaque little time to do its dirty work. Brush your teeth as soon as you wake up every morning, a time when the evidence of plaque is most noticeable. Brush again after meals. And then conclude your day by brushing. Flossing only need be done once per day, with the best time for it being right before bed. Be sure to get between all your teeth, and be thorough. Any food particles that remain can cause more dental plaque. And sticky plaque that remains between teeth can harden into tartar. Speaking of that, when you come in for a six month examination at our Ladera Ranch dentist office, you will get a professional teeth cleaning, during which tartar buildup is eradicated.
Don’t let too much time go by between examinations and cleanings. Reach out to our Ladera Ranch dentist office right now to schedule your next appointment.