Tooth decay and gum disease are the two most common enemies of your oral health. If ignored, they can result in the loss of teeth and vital gum and bone tissue. At Pioneer Dentistry of Willis, we are committed to addressing dental plaque, which is the cause of both. With a regimen at home as well as when you come to our Willis dental office, you can put the odds in your favor to maintain cavity-free teeth and vibrant, strong gums now and in the future.
Dental plaque grows on and between your teeth. In order to prevent its worst consequences, you should brush at least twice per day, and preferably after meals, too. In addition, daily flossing is key to the removal of plaque. But when it hides in gum pockets, out of the reach of your oral hygiene routine, it then hardens into tartar, which is just as hazardous but cannot be eliminated with your toothbrush and dental floss. This is where a twice-yearly visit to our Willis dental office is so valuable. First, you will be examined to determine if dental plaque has caused you to sustain any cavities. If so, they will be filled promptly to prevent them from growing larger and putting you at risk for an infection inside your tooth. And a teeth cleaning will eradicate all of the remaining plaque and tartar. Furthermore, it will halt and reverse the effects of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. If you don’t adhere to a regular schedule of six month exams and cleanings at our Willis dental office, gum disease can reach the advanced stage of periodontitis. The treatment for that is a more invasive type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Dental plaque means to do your teeth and gums harm. With attention to your at-home oral care strategy, and making time for an exam and cleaning two times per year, that harm can be avoided. Call us to schedule an appointment.