May 21, 2018
You brush twice a day every day and you floss morning and night. Good for you!
Mouths are complicated places, though, full of little nooks and crannies that can be hard to reach. Are you sure you’re removing all traces of dental plaque from your teeth and gums? If not, your efforts to maintain a healthy mouth and a brilliant smile could run into some problems.
At Appalachian Dental Care, we consider dental plaque our enemy and make it our mission to eradicate it from your teeth and gums. Call 828-355-5673 to visit us for a dental cleaning, so we can get rid of plaque for you!
Why We Hate Dental Plaque
Dental plaque forms when the bacteria that live in our mouths combine with a protein in saliva to create a sticky film. That film collects on your gum line around the teeth and keeps bacteria in close contact. Those bacteria can secrete acids that irritate the gums and eat into your tooth enamel, causing cavities and worse.
Plaque is easy to remove, and it needs to be removed. Left alone, dental plaque is the source of all kinds of dental problems – cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Problems in the mouth, though, don’t always stop in the mouth. There’s ongoing research that shows that dental infections, including those caused by gum disease, can cause problems like:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Endocarditis (heart inflammation)
- Lung problems
- Premature birth and low birth weight
- Various cancers – pancreatic, head-and-neck, and colorectal (links to other forms of cancer are under investigation)
- Poor diabetes control
- Alzheimer’s disease
Get a Thorough & Comfortable Dental Cleaning
The best way to make sure that dental plaque isn’t creeping up on you is to schedule regular dental cleanings and examinations at Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC. When you schedule a cleaning and examination our Boone, NC office, here’s what will happen.
If this is your first visit, there a bit of paperwork to start. If you don’t download the forms and complete them at home, we’ll help you with that as needed. Once the forms are completed, we’ll bring you back to one our many semi-private patient areas.
We know that dental appointments aren’t easy things for quite a few people, so feel free to ask for any of our patient comfort options: neck pillows, blankets, and massaging chairs to help you get comfortable. If you hate feeling rushed, we can provide longer appointment times and Friday appointments.
If you’re one of the many, many people who have dental anxiety, be sure to mention that when when you make your appointment. We have a number of sedation options to ensure that your appointment is as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
Once you’re ready, one of our dental hygienists will carefully, gently, and thoroughly remove every trace of plaque from your teeth and gums.
Find Problems Before They Become Big Problems
After your cleaning, we’ll perform digital X-rays for Dr. Steven Airey to review. He’ll perform a thorough examination to detect any potential problems with your gums, cheeks, tongue, and teeth. If any problems are found, he’ll go over the various treatment options to make sure that little problems don’t become bigger and much more difficult problems.
Regular dental cleanings and examinations will help you keep dental plaque from damaging your teeth. We suggest visiting us every six months for an exam and cleaning. Take the next step in your dental care by calling Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC at 828-355-5673 or contact us online for an appointment.