Dentist in Edmond: Back to basics
Sometimes in all the discussion about what procedures to choose or what products to use patients can lose sight of some of the simple facts about dental health. So, it’s back to basics for the next couple articles as your Dentist in Edmond talks about plaque and basic oral hygiene, let’s get started.
There is a biofilm that is stuck to your teeth right now called Plaque. Plaque is very thin and is the root of most tooth decay and several oral diseases. That’s the bad news about the plaque coating your teeth. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to get rid of, it’s probably nothing new to anyone who’s gone to a dentist but brush twice a day and flossing once a day keeps plaque at bay and your teeth healthy!
Plaque doesn’t sleep
When you sleep plaque is on the move, growing and multiplying, this is why we experience “morning breath.” Brushing in the morning and before bed can stop the progression of Plaque in your mouth. If you have dry mouth due to medication this is a prime condition for plaque to multiply. If you have chronic dry mouth chewing sugar-free gum and staying hydrated are the best way to combat dry mouth and the spread of plaque. If you experience dry mouth for long periods of time you should consult your dentist or doctor to find the root cause.
Hiding in plain sight
Plaque is sticky by nature and covers every surface of the tooth so unless your physically brush the plaque off it will stay on the tooth’s surface. This is why flossing is so important, brushing will clean most surfaces but won’t get deep down in between the teeth where plaque can hide. Unless that plaque is removed it will stay there forever eating away at the tooth enamel.
Dentist in Edmond will return in part II
We still have so much to cover which is why this article will be in two parts. Stay tuned next week as your Dentist in Edmond covers more basic oral hygiene.