Bacteria cover every surface of our bodies, including inside the mouth. These living organisms are a normal part of everyday living. They cover your teeth and gums, and can be helpful – or harmful.
When you eat and drink, particles are left behind on the surface of your teeth. Bacteria attach to your tooth enamel and begin feeding on the particles. If bacteria are allowed to multiply and grow, they can form colonies, which become the film you feel on your teeth, also known as plaque. The easiest way to remove, or limit the growth of these colonies of bacteria is to brush, floss, and avoid too many sweets. Bacteria love sugar.
Plaque and Cavities
You’ve probably noticed that sometimes even if you brush and floss that your teeth still feel like they have film on them. This is because plaque is very sticky and can be difficult to remove. This is why it is recommended you visit your dentist for biannual cleanings. No matter well as you brush and floss, some plaque will remain in areas of your teeth. Professional hygienic care removes plaque from your teeth. Saliva and water can also help wash away some of the plaque.
When plaque eats sugar, it leaves behind acids that dissolve the minerals on your tooth enamel. This makes the enamel porous and tiny holes appear in the surface of your tooth. The holes become bigger and bigger; this is a cavity. The longer it takes for your dentist to fill the cavity, the larger and deeper it can get. Cavities can become very painful, and some people may not notice they have a cavity until they feel pain in their tooth.
The best way to avoid cavities is to brush and floss every day. This daily maintenance goes a long way in preventing cavities. Coming in for your regularly scheduled cleanings every six months allows Dr. Whitmore and his team to remove hard to reach plaque buildup and treat your teeth with fluoride. You can’t completely get rid of the bacteria in your mouth, but you can keep their presence to a minimum, which will keep your oral health at its best.
If you would like to schedule a cleaning or find out more about how cavities are formed, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.