Dentist in Carmichael
What is dental plaque, and how and why is it such a hazard to your teeth and gums? It's an invisible, sticky bacteria that is like a film. As for the ways that it impacts your oral health, we'll cover that in more detail below. Our dentist in Carmichael
, Upen J. Patel, DDS is dedicated to helping you avoid the consequences of dental plaque to the greatest extent possible.
Dental plaque forms on your teeth and at the gum line. Sugar and starch are both catalysts for plaque. You are already aware to look out for sugar in desserts and sodas, but it's also present in dairy products, and even no-sugar added fruit juices, along with commercial ketchup, bottled salad dressings, and more. Potatoes, rice, and pasta are the most common starch items. The initial effects on your teeth and gums are that dental decay occurs, leading to cavities; and your gums can become red and irritated. That, however, is just for starters. When you brush your teeth and floss between them, you are removing plaque. Some, though, may avoid your reach and hide out of range of your toothbrush and dental floss, subsequently turning into hardened tartar. Our dentist in Carmichael
wants you to know that tartar is every bit as damaging as the film-like plaque, except that it takes a professional teeth cleaning at our office to rid your teeth and gums of it. That is essential to do once every six months, or else the redness and irritation of early stage gum disease will give way to inflammation, infection, receding gums, persistent bad breath, loss of gum and bone tissue, and more. Furthermore, your teeth need to be checked for cavities twice per year, so that any discovered can be filled in a timely manner.
Contact our office now to set up an appointment to see our dentist in Carmichael
Upen J Patel, DDS
3960 El Camino Avenue, Suite 2
Sacramento, CA 95821
By Upen J Patel, DDS
June 28, 2018