El Monte CA Dental Center
Dental plaque is an annoying, tricky substance that can cause tooth decay and must be removed daily with brushing and flossing. Plaque is made up of harmful germs that live inside the mouth. It gets stuck to the teeth and is hard to remove, building up daily. Certain types of plaque cause tooth decay, as some can cause gum disease. Symptoms may include red and puffy, swollen gums, irritated tissue and pain. Our El Monte CA dental center
can tell you more about how plaque can be removed by you and through regular cleanings at our dentist’s office.
The first step to removing plaque is to make sure you’re flossing on a daily basis. Floss should be used to remove germs and food particles before rinsing. Hold the floss properly and move back and forth in between the crevices of the teeth. Brushing teeth should be a daily procedure as well, using small, circular motions to gently brush around the teeth and tongue area before rinsing. Use fluoride toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay. The residue from food and sweets can cause tooth decay and gum disease, which is why plaque should be removed at least twice per day with proper oral hygiene methods. Usually brushing once in the morning and before bed is a good way to start on the path towards good oral health. An annual cleaning at our El Monte CA dental center
can also help remove plaque from tricky areas.
A regular annual cleaning can help with removing the food and debris that gets trapped in between teeth and gums. Our dentist has special tools that can be used to get deep in between gums and the pockets that lie under teeth which harbor harmful bacteria. Regular brushing cannot get this deep, so it’s important to always come in at least once per year for a cleaning.
Alfsonso Martinez DDS
11733 Valley Blvd. Suite A
El Monte, CA 91732
By Alfonso E. Martinez DDS, Inc.
March 20, 2017