Ever wonder what happens when you do not brush and floss regularly? Brushing and flossing removes plaque from your teeth and prevents the buildup of it and the formation of tartar. Bensalem Dentistry here in Bensalem, PA wants our patients to know the effects of not having a good oral hygiene routine.
The purpose of brushing and flossing is to remove the plaque that builds up. Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms from food, drinks, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it can form crystals which turn the plaque into tartar. Tartar is a hard deposit that can only be removed by a dentist. Plaque and tartar cause teeth to weaken and irritate gums. Weakened teeth form cavities and will decay teeth. When plaque and tartar irritate the gums, the gums begin to form deep pockets and recede. The receded gums now expose tooth root and cause more pain and sensitivity. The pockets also allow bacteria to reach further down into the gums where it is harder to reach. At this point, if the gum disease is not cleared up, it can cause teeth to fall out.
Plaque forms just hours after brushing and flossing. This is why it is important to brush two to three times per day and floss once daily. In addition to a good oral hygiene routine, regular visits to your dentist for an exam and cleaning are important. To schedule an appointment at our Bensalem, PA dentistry, call us at (215) 638-9952. For more information, visit the Bensalem Dentistry website, www.bensalemdentistry.com.