Sugar helps plaque to form and to spread. It’s like fuel for it. And while it’s easy to think of sugar as being in candy and soda, our Great Neck NY dentist wants to remind you that it’s also in dairy products, fruit juices, and even condiments like barbecue sauce and ketchup. Starch also fuels plaque, and this means potatoes, pasta, and rice, for just a few examples. We’re not suggesting that you give up all of your favorite foods, but it helps to be aware and to limit your consumption of sugars and starches. When you combine that with brushing first thing in the morning, and then again before bed, along with vigorous flossing, there is every reason to feel positive that you are combating dental plaque effectively. Despite your efforts, though, you should still see our Great Neck NY dentist two times per year. The plaque that hides out of reach, like in your gum pockets, hardens into tartar, which requires a professional teeth cleaning to efficiently remove. A teeth cleaning eradicates any remaining plaque and tartar. It also halts the progress of early stage gum disease, and typically reverses its effects.
With your efforts at home and the help of our Great Neck NY dentist, you can look forward to the best odds for healthy teeth and gums, now and in the future. Call us to arrange an exam and cleaning.