Dental plaque is an invisible film-like substance that causes tooth decay and gum disease. At the office of Dr. Darryl Lieberman, you can depend on expert care to help prevent the effects of dental plaque, and to address them effectively if they do arise.
You may not be able to stop the formation of plaque, but if you watch your consumption of sugars and starches, you can keep the amount that does develop to a minimum. Sugar and starch are like fuel for plaque. The less plaque, the less opportunity for cavities and for gum problems. In addition to your diet, our dentist office Upper Manhattan recommends that you brush your teeth when you wake up in the morning. Brush them again before bed, and floss, too. Most of the plaque that is on your teeth and at the gum line will be removed when you follow that strategy, but it’s typical that some will manage to remain out of reach, and later turn into tartar. Our dentist office Upper Manhattan is where you need to go to get rid of your tartar, which is a hardened form of plaque. At-home oral hygiene is not effective against it. And by coming in once every six months, you’ll be consistently dealing with tartar buildup with our teeth cleaning, which also incidentally will reverse the signs of early stage gum disease, or gingivitis. Left to progress, gum disease will become advanced, and you will have to deal with possible symptoms like receding gums, bleeding when you brush, frequent bad breath, loss of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth. And don’t forget, any cavities that do exist should be filled promptly.
Contact our dentist office in Upper Manhattan to schedule your next visit to manage dental plaque, tartar, and the impact they have on your teeth and gums.