Why Isn’t Brushing And Flossing Enough?
While brushing and flossing twice a day is critical, these practices alone cannot remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth. Dental plaque that remains on your teeth leads to tartar, and tartar can only safely be removed by a dental professional.
The Dangers Of Tartar
Although plaque can be reduced by brushing and flossing, the food you eat creates plaque when combined with the naturally occurring bacteria found in the mouth. Therefore, some plaque is unavoidable. Plaque leads to tartar, and tartar left on the teeth can lead to:
- Teeth discoloration
- Bad breath
- Gum disease
Prevention Is Key
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 26% of American adults have untreated cavities (also known as tooth decay) and 46% have early signs of gum disease. Left without treatment, cavities and gum disease ultimately lead to tooth loss. One of the best ways to prevent cavities and gum disease is by receiving regular dental cleanings.
Diet is also important to your oral health. Consider switching out sugary beverages and coffee for water, and switching out sweet treats for sugar-free gum.