Dental decay and gum disease are two of the most common and damaging conditions that can affect your oral health. While these conditions occur with great frequency, they are in fact almost entirely preventable. The culprit behind both dental diseases is the accumulation of dental plaque. Dental plaque, also known as tooth plaque, microbial plaque and dental biofilm, is a soft, sticky, colorless deposit of biofilm that regularly forms on your teeth. Plaque contains millions of bacteria that feed on the food and drinks you eat every day. If plaque isn’t removed from your teeth on a regular basis, minerals from your saliva are deposited into the plaque biofilm causing it to harden and become tartar. Because tartar buildup on teeth is strongly bonded to the tooth enamel, it can only be removed by a dental professional.
Luckily, plaque buildup can be prevented through the implementation of an effective oral hygiene routine at home, as well as a twice-annual visit to your Midtown dentist office. Removing plaque at home on a daily basis lessens your chances of tartar buildup and experiencing more serious dental problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath. Healthy dental habits, such as brushing for two minutes twice daily and flossing after every brush, can help you prevent the harmful effects of plaque buildup. If you have kids, remember: It’s never too early to help them learn good oral care.
At a routine visit to our Midtown dentist office Dr. Seidman will perform a thorough exam to detect any signs of dental decay and gum disease, as well as any other oral health issues you may be facing. He’ll also give you a professional cleaning to clear away plaque buildup even in hard-to-reach places your toothbrush may have missed.
Located on the ground floor of our Midtown East building, we offer convenient daytime hours and accept most major insurances. We offer a comprehensive selection of services including the latest treatment options in general, preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Contact our Midtown dentist office today to schedule an appointment!