When you wake up in the morning you probably notice that not only will you have a case of “morning breath,” but also your teeth may feel like they have a sticky layer covering them. While we sleep, the billions of bacteria in our mouths form a layer on top of the teeth that is called plaque. Removing plaque first thing in the morning is part of good oral hygiene, something that we’ve all been told to do by our dentist. Monrovia patients often ask us about plaque and the problems that it causes. We want to use this blog post to discuss what plaque is and how it can wreak havoc on your oral health. If you’re suffering from a painful tooth, if your teeth are sensitive, or if you need cosmetic dentistry like Invisalign or dental implants, call Dr. Q today at (626) 599-9819. We would love to learn more about how we can help reduce your discomfort or give you a brilliant smile you can be proud of.
What Exactly Is Plaque Made Of?
You may not realize it, but your mouth is one of the best places for bacteria to live because it’s warm, moist, and dark. There are billions of bacteria living in your mouth. Some of them are good for your oral health. But others are bad. Some of these destructive bacteria can cause foul smelling breath, gum disease, and cavities that require a trip to the dentist.
Monrovia patients should also know about one other reason why bacteria love living in your mouth: there’s lots of stuff for them to eat. Bacteria feast on leftover food stuck to your teeth. As they eat they multiply and form a sticky layer that covers your teeth.
How Plaque Causes Gum Disease
Now, here’s where it gets really bad: as the bacteria eat, they produce a strong acid as a byproduct. This acid is so powerful that it can actually start to wear down the super-strong enamel on the outside of your teeth. When that happens, the bacteria will start to infect the softer dentin underneath the enamel and form a cavity that needs filling by a dentist.
If Monrovia patients allow the plaque to remain on their teeth it will start to collect underneath the layer of gum tissue that surrounds the base of your tooth. The bacteria will begin to irritate and attack the gums. In response, the gums will become inflamed, red, and sore. Eventually, this infection can turn into gum disease and even cause the gums to recede.
Why Work with Dr. Q
We know it can be hard to find a good dentist. Monrovia patients often avoid going to the dentist because they have anxiety about what will happen or they’re unsure about the health of their mouth. But Dr. Q has become one of the most trusted dentists in the region because of how kind and gentle she is with every single patient. She listens to your concerns and takes them seriously. She also is always honest and transparent with our patients so you know exactly what’s going on at every step. Plus, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to make sure that you’re always comfortable.
If your teeth are discolored or crooked, or if you have a painful or sensitive tooth, make sure you call us today at (626) 599-9819 to get started. We’re more than happy to answer your questions or talk with you about your concerns.