Plaque build-up occurs daily; the only way to remove it is to visit your dentist for a thorough cleaning. This should occur every six months or as directed by your dental provider.
Plaque starts out as a sticky substance and hardens in a matter of hours. Brushing after meals and snacks can help limit plaque build-up; and one of the best tools to brush teeth is an electronic tooth brush.
The advantages of an electronic brush versus a manual brush are numerous:
The rapid movement of the electronic brush bristles can remove more food debris than what you can do manually. Coupled with the use of a fluoridated tooth paste, twice daily brushing offers the patient the best means to great dental health.
When brushing manually, many patients feel they must scrub teeth and gums … this can actually do damage to enamel and gum tissue wearing both down prematurely. With an electronic brush, all the patient has to do is guide the brush to reach all tooth surfaces. The tooth brush will do all the work for you without using excessive pressure.
Electronic tooth brushes are equipped with a timer that sends a signal when the individual has brushed the recommended two minutes. The actual amount of time you brush is usually underestimated when brushing without some kind of timer.
Why is limiting plaque so important?
Plaque build-up can lead to dental decay and gum disease. Decay can cause teeth to become weakened and infected, and can also eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease has many possible symptoms … bleeding, swollen, and red gum tissue; chronic bad breath; receding gum tissue; teeth pulling away gums; or teeth feeling loose. One or more of these signs means a visit to the dentist right away is advised. Ignoring symptoms or inefficient self-treatment can lead to the more serious periodontitis.
Many periodontal patients receive the recommendation to use an electronic tooth brush; and with the many varieties available in a wide array of price points, their accessibility makes them an outstanding dental tool for patients of all ages.
Using an electronic tooth brush daily, flossing daily, and seeing the dentist every six months are all great weapons to limit plaque formation.
Mark E. Massaro, DDS
3150 East 41st Street
Wellington Square Suite 141
Tulsa, OK 74105
Dr. Mark Massaro is a Tulsa, OK dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Smile Makeovers, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Lumineers, Crowns, & more.