Plaque buildup is the cause of both tooth decay and gum disease.  Plaque is a sticky coating of bacteria that collects on the teeth and stays there if we fail to follow a strict regimen of good oral health habits.

After the age of 35 you will typically experience some form of gum disease rather than having a cavity but the prevention methods are often the same.  

Brushing is a good way to get rid of the plaque that is left behind as we eat and drink throughout the day.  It is important to brush twice a day but even regular brushing is not enough of a deterrent.  Only flossing can get in between the teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach.  If you don’t floss, the leftover plaque will harden into tartar and will have to be removed by a professional hygienist using dental instruments.  Flossing just once a day can eliminate the need.

A significant percentage of the adult population in this country will most likely display symptoms of gingivitis, which is the initial phase of gum disease.  If it is recognized soon enough your dentist will have the best chance for treating gingivitis before it can have more serious effects.  That is why it is so essential to keep up with a regular schedule of routine professional checkups.

Make your next appointment with the doctors of the Harman Family Dental Center today.  Call 720-619-3127.