September 11, 2017
How often have you visited the dentist and bent the truth a little bit regarding your oral hygiene habits? You have probably lied about how often you brush and floss. While your dentist may not have said anything, chances are they can tell that you are not fully being honest. You see, when you do not practice proper oral hygiene, plaque accumulates on the teeth. Although you may only think that it indicates poor brushing and flossing habits, much can be learned through the accumulation on your teeth.
The Secrets in Plaque
The plaque on your teeth hosts an array of secrets that you may think that you are hiding from your dentist, but this is not the case. Much can be learned from the accumulations. For example, researchers discovered the diets of Neanderthals by analyzing their dental plaque. More was discovered than just their meals. In fact, researchers also found that they self-medicated with pain killers and antibiotics.
While we have all told a white lie or two to our dentist, you may want to be a little more honest about your oral hygiene habits during your next visit. Your dentist will be able to tell a lot about your habits and oral health based on the plaque found on your teeth.
Reduce Plaque Accumulations
Plaque naturally builds on the teeth throughout the day, which can wreak havoc on your dental health if not removed. Plaque contains bacteria, which can cause tooth decay when it is combined with sugars. It turns to acid and eats away at the enamel. However, it can also lead to gum disease. The bacteria found in it will infect the gum tissue, significantly impacting your dental health and overall health.
Your dentist will be able to see these accumulations so there is no need to hide your true oral hygiene habits. If you are not brushing and flossing like you should, it is never too late to start.
Get a Healthy Smile
To reduce plaque buildup in the mouth, brushing is your first line of defense. To remove plaque, it is best to brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Clean all surfaces of the teeth for at least two minutes.
While brushing is effective for combating plaque, it is not enough. Your toothbrush cannot clean in between the teeth or around the gum line, which is why flossing is vital. Nightly flossing removes the accumulations to keep your smile plaque-free and healthy.
In addition to your home oral hygiene habits, you should maintain your preventive dental appointments for a cleaning and checkup every six months. With the right care at home and from your dentist, you can rest assured that there are no secrets lingering in your mouth.
About Dr. Henry A. Campbell
Dr. Henry A. Campbell received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. He has completed additional training to offer complete dental services to create healthy, beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about combating plaque, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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