If you want your teeth and gums to remain healthy, the most important thing you can do is to make sure your teeth stay as plaque-free as possible. Dental plaque is not only the cause of dental cavities, but of gum disease as well. At Pioneer Dentistry of Willis, our expert dentist, Dr. Okey Okechukwu, can provide you with excellent dental exams, and you can have a dental cleaning at our Willis dental office on the same day.
Even with the very best at-home teeth cleaning regimen, some plaque will say on teeth. During a dental cleaning at our Willis dental office, all plaque and tartar will be removed from not only the surface of your teeth, but from between your teeth and from just below the gum line. These are areas that cannot be reached during your at-home dental regimen. When plaque stays on your teeth, there are materials in the plaque that mix with the carbs in your mouth, and acids are created that attempt to eat through your tooth enamel. When this occurs, you have dental cavities. Dental plaque is an extremely sticky and colorless film that contains many different types of bacteria. When plaque stays on your teeth for a certain period of time, it will harden and turn into tartar. Tartar can only be removed during a professional dental cleaning; it cannot be removed with any amount of tooth brushing or flossing. When tartar stays on teeth, it encourages the development of deep pockets to form between the teeth and gums. This can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. At your biannual dental exams, our dentist will examine your gums and make sure that they are remaining healthy. If our dentist finds that you are developing gingivitis, a gum inflammation which often precedes more serious gum problems, he will most likely recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings at our office to help your gums return to good health.
For an appointment to meet with our dentist at our Willis dental office, or to have a dental cleaning, contact us today.