Dental plaque is the reason you have to be on the defensive when it comes to tooth decay and gum disease. It’s sticky, invisible, and film-like, and its bacterial nature means that it creates a very real oral health hazard. At Southern Magnolia Smiles, keeping the consequences of dental plaque from affecting you is our number one priority.
Just one checkup and teeth cleaning at our office during each six month period is generally enough to put a check on dental plaque and the results of it. This is, of course, in addition to your own efforts at home by brushing your teeth in the morning, and then again at night with a thorough flossing to accompany it. When you do so, you will remove the vast majority of dental plaque, but some of it may escape your reach, eventually turning into tartar, a crustier and hard version of plaque. Our Ocean Springs dental office will remove any tartar buildup as part of your twice-yearly teeth cleaning since it cannot be efficiently addressed on your own. And if you have any signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, having a teeth cleaning will reverse them. It’s also important to treat any cavities while they’re still small. Filling them now means they won’t be able to grow and cause a toothache or an infection later. In between your trips to our Ocean Springs dental office, you can keep dental plaque growth to a minimum by keeping a close watch on the sugar in your diet. Be especially wary of less obvious sources of it, such as in beverages, condiments (ketchup is a major culprit), and bottled salad dressing, among others.
Please contact our Ocean Springs dental office right now and let us schedule you for a convenient time to come in for a complete examination and cleaning with our dentist.