Your mouth is prone to enamel decay, tooth sensitivity, cavities, and tooth loss thanks to the buildup of acid in your mouth. The bacterial acid forms into plaque and calculus on your teeth around the gum line. Left unchecked, this can lead to gum disease, loose teeth, bad breath, pain and swelling in the gums, and bleeding gums.
The best way to prevent plaque is to spend time each day doing the following:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes after every meal and snack.
- Use ADA-approved products to ensure safety and effectiveness. If you are prone to gum disease, it may help to use an electric toothbrush with smaller heads to remove plaque. Flossing removes plaque, not just food particles.
- Fluoride toothpaste can strengthen your enamel.
- Don’t forget to floss at least once a day. Flossing removes plaque in between the teeth and under the gumline.
- If you have oral health issues, you might use an antimicrobial mouth rinse once a day.
- Have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year to remove hardened tartar, and to check for tooth decay and gum disease.
If your gums have receded away from your teeth or you have bone loss, you may require scaling and root planing, or SRP. This is a non-surgical method of deep cleaning, and is the standard treatment for these conditions. Scaling scrapes the plaque and tartar buildup from above and below your gumline, while root planing smooths out the rough spots on the tooth root where germs tend to collect. It also removes harmful bacteria. Once the tooth root is smooth and clean, your gums can reattach to the teeth again.
If you have any questions about your smile, please call 518-356-5635. Remember to take time for your smile and it will take care of you. Dr. Steven Oshins and our team at Oshins Of Smiles in Schenectady, New York, wish you a healthy Thanksgiving!