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Plaque...Is It The Enemy?
Have you ever wondered what plaque is? It is a sticky substance of bacteria that creates serious health problems over time. Skip these three bad habits.
By: J Risoldi
Have you ever wondered exactly what plaque is? It's starts off as a tacky substance of bacteria that produces a sticky chemical called mucopolysaccharides. The bacteria lives in a film on teeth called biofilm. At first, it is a soft layer that's easy to remove with a tooth-brush.
Habit 1.... Staying away from the dentist!
Brushing and flossing daily, although great for oral hygiene doesn't remove all the plaque on your teeth. It's very important to schedule professional cleanings regularly at your dental office to remove what you may have missed. Some of the missed plaque could harden to form tartar and the only way to get it removed is with regular professional cleanings. It has been proven that people who go to the dentist have less cavities and less tooth loss. Most dentists recommend professional cleanings at least twice a year to ensure complete removal of unwanted plaque.
Habit 2.... Not brushing properly
Other people might not notice your brushing habits aren't perfect, but your teeth will suffer. It's important to brush at least twice daily to ensure the removal of unwanted plaque. It's good idea to buy a Sonicare toothbrush and use it the recommended two minutes. Also, the use a fluoride-containing toothpaste helps keep teeth strong. Make sure you brush all surfaces of your teeth, and keep in mind that its very important to still schedule regular professional cleanings.
Habit 3.... Not flossing at all
Brushing your teeth itself doesn't remove all the plaque in the spaces between your teeth. Flossing is very important to help remove plaque in the spaces your tooth-brush can't reach. Daily flossing can help remove plaque before it becomes a serious problem. It removes any plaque along the gum line helping avoid the dreaded periodontal, gum disease. Flossing is one of the key ways to keep your teeth in the best possible health.
The three habits listed are three excellent ways to have healthy oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits ensure that you are on your way to or maintaining healthy oral hygiene. Although plaque does not start out a serious problem, it becomes one over time. It's very important to keep up with all three to keep a healthy beautiful smile, says dentist in Marietta, GA (http://www.drkirkkimmerling.com)
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Kirk Kimmerling DDS is a cosmetic dentist in Marietta, GA (near Kennesaw). He is very passionate about his patients dental health and has made it his mission to provide the best possible treatment. It would be his great pleasure to have you as a patient.
Dr. Kimmerling has been practicing dentistry for over 28 years. He has a BA in chemistry and a Doctorate from Emory University in Dentistry and completed a one year residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association
Kirk Kimmerling DDS
3698 Largent Way Ste 202
Marietta, GA 30064