Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.
The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.) This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping. And visit your family dentist twice each year.
Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our Murray cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about wisdom teeth removal, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and any number of other dental services.
Clint Blackwood has been serving the Murray area since 2005. Call 801-938-8855 to schedule a consultation.
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