|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
March 30, 2015
We have all heard that that brushing and flossing our teeth helps to remove tartar from around them. But do we really know what tartar is?
Bacteria naturally live inside the mouth no matter how well you brush and take care of the teeth. These bacteria can mix with proteins and food particles to form a sticky film known as dental plaque. This film can begin to coat the surfaces of the teeth, get under the gum line and stick to fillings or other previous dental work.
Dental plaque can be very harmful to the teeth. Every time we eat food, bacteria and other food particles create acids that can damage the tooth enamel and eventually lead to cavities. Acid can cause trouble for the gums by inflaming or infecting them. When plaque is removed regularly, permanent tooth decay can be prevented.
If dental plaque is left on the teeth too long it can harden and turn into tartar. Tartar can actually form in as little time as a day. This substance is so hard that it can only be completely removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Effects on Teeth and Gums
When tartar hardens it can make brushing and flossing the teeth difficult. If it becomes too difficult and you can’t get your teeth clean, cavities and tooth decay can take over. Tartar found on or above the gum line is also hazardous to your oral health. Bacteria will start to irritate the gums causing damage to the gum tissue. If left untreated it can lead to progressive gum disease.
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. With proper brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, gingivitis can be reversed and stopped. However, when left untreated gingivitis will continue to cause damage and get worse. It can start to form pockets between the gums and the teeth and this pocket can become infected by bacteria. If this occurs it is known as periodontitis. The immune system will send chemicals to fight this infection. These chemicals can mix with the bacteria and infection liquids, resulting in a stew mixture that can cause damage to the bone and tissue that hold the teeth in place.
Studies being done have shown links between the gum disease bacteria and heart disease and other health problems. This research provides more evidence of the importance of maintaining proper oral health to keep your teeth and mouth as clean as possible.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected]or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.