The team at Distinctive Dental Services – Dr. Scott Elrod in Lake Jackson would like to discuss toothbrushing.
Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.
Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and slows the build-up of plaque.
If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.
Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.
If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!
The progression of gum disease is this:
- Plaque build-up irritates gums.
- Irritated gums recede from the tooth.
- Bacteria multiply in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
- The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
- Say goodbye to the tooth.
The good news is that gum disease can be reversed if early.
If you are looking for an understanding team for your general and family dentistry needs in the Lake Jackson area, please call us at Distinctive Dental Services. Our services also include cosmetic dentistry, gum disease treatment, orthodontics and TMJ treatment. Call for an appointment today.
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