Gum disease is a direct result of tartar and plaque being allowed to build up below the gum line. Your mouth is filled with bacteria that secrete acids as they break down consumables such as sugars and carbohydrates. Plaque holds these acids fast to your teeth. When not removed quickly, plaque hardens into tartar, which can be nearly impossible to remove on your own.
Preventing Gum Disease
The most effective way to prevent gum disease is through a consistent dental hygiene routine. This should include:
- Brushing your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after every meal and snack
- Flossing in between every tooth from tip to below the gum line at least once a day
- Avoiding highly sugary foods and beverages
- Visiting our Dumont, New Jersey office twice a year for professional cleanings
Your visits to our office serve the dual purpose of allowing us to remove tartar and plaque from below the gum line and allowing Dr. Perlmutter to detect early signs of gum disease. When caught early on, simple treatments are often very effective at eliminating bacteria and preventing serious oral health issues.
Please contact our experienced Bergenfield dentist to schedule your dental cleaning today. Dr. Perlmutter serves people throughout Bergen County from our office in Dumont.