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Many of the problems that patients bring to dentists in Staten Island are caused by plaque buildup. Plaque is an invisible film that is created by food and debris combining with bacteria in the mouth. This film clings to the teeth where it can attract more bacteria to the teeth and gums, leading to tartar buildup and sometimes gum infection.

Fighting plaque

Plaque, if left alone, can continue to buildup and turn into tartar which will also injure teeth and gums. The first form of defense is proper brushing and flossing. The American Dental Association recommends the use of a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing at least once to control the amount of plaque on the teeth and gums. The brushing motion should be up and down on the outside surface of the teeth. Inside using the brush vertically will obtain the best results.

The ADA also recommends visiting the dentist twice a year to let the dentist check for tartar and other signs of plaque buildup. To further combat plaque, the Staten Island Dentist can provide a professional cleaning which is more extensive than regular brushing and removes much more plaque.

Too many patients, however, may be brushing properly but due to medical conditions or family history, may still develop tartar and discoloring of their teeth. This further shows the importance of regular visits to the dentist and have cleanings done on a regular basis. The dentist can perform cleanings and x-ray the teeth to be sure plaque has not harmed the roots and underlying bone for their patients.

If you have a need for a cleaning or are showing signs of too much plaque buildup such as discoloration and tartar, contact the top rated Staten Island Dentists at Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio. They can make plaque and tartar disappear and bring back that bright smile.