Gum Disease

What is Tartar?  What is Plaque? What is Oral Biofilm? How can I Prevent Tartar Buildup?


What is Biofilm? 


Biofilms are communities of micro-organisms have evolved a unique survival strategy through the formation of complex matrix-like structures. The slimy and slippery layer that forms on rocks in streams is a biofilm as well. The bacterial micro-colonies within the biofilm attach to a solid surface, such as your teeth. 

What is Dental Plaque? 

Plaque is Dental biofilm in the oral cavity containing about 1000 different bacterial species. It is formed when the bacteria in the mouth mixes with remnants of food particles to form a sticky film. Left untreated, plaque gets attached to surfaces of your teeth and dental prostheses, including dentures and implants which can inflame your gums leading to gingivitis, bad breath, gum disease, receding gums, dental caries and implant failures.


What is Tartar?

Tartar sometimes called calculus is formed when untreated plaque has hardened on your teeth and under your gums into hard calcified deposits. Bacterial biofilm will continue to grow and hide under these calcium domes. It is one of their survival mechanisms and thus, they go undetected from your immune system as well as from antibiotics. Not only can tartar threaten the health of your teeth and gums, it also creates a cosmetic problem, thus changing the appearance of your smile.

How can I prevent Plaque and Tartar formation?

Although oral biofilm and plaque formation is inevitable and cannot be completely eliminated, the severity can be reduced through effective oral hygiene measures that effectively disrupt and remove the plaque biofilm. These include:

1. Brushing twice a day with a tartar control toothpaste.

2. Daily Flossing

3. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash

4. Regular Professional Cleanings

5. Diet: Rosemary, oregano, thyme, clove, garlic, turmeric, and cinnamon help in reduction of biofilm.

6. Avoiding sugary diets, smoking and alcohol consumption must be considered. The bacteria in your mouth thrives on sugary and starchy foods.

7. Xyletol Gum and Xyletol Sweeteners have anti biofilm properties. They help suppress adhesion of these biofilm bacteria to your teeth.

8. Mix ¼ TSP of Baking Soda, ¼ TSP of 3% H2O2 in half cup of water. After you complete brushing your teeth with your toothbrush, use your tooth brush to brush your teeth for 1 min with this mix. This will reduce the acidity in the mouth, increase the PH to make it alkaline, thus will help to inhibit biofilm formation and reduce tartar build up. 

#GumDiseaseAwareness #TurlockDentist #OralHealth

Hello, Turlock residents! Dr. Parmar here from Accurate Family Dental. I want to shed light on a crucial aspect of oral health: gum disease. As a trusted dentist serving the Turlock community, I believe it's essential for everyone to understand the risks, symptoms, and preventive measures associated with gum disease.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common but serious condition that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It can range from mild inflammation (gingivitis) to severe damage to the soft tissue and bone (periodontitis). Without proper treatment, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even impact your overall health.

Here in Turlock, CA, we've seen firsthand the impact of gum disease on our patients. Let's hear from some of them:

  • Marissa S.: "I had no idea I had gum disease until I visited Dr. Parmar at Accurate Family Dental in Turlock. Thanks to their expertise and guidance, my gums are healthier than ever!"
  • John D.: "I was experiencing bleeding gums and sensitivity, so I visited Accurate Family Dental in Turlock. Dr. Parmar diagnosed me with gum disease and provided personalized treatment that restored my oral health."

Recognizing the signs of gum disease is crucial for early intervention. Common symptoms include swollen or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth. If you notice any of these signs, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with us in Turlock for a thorough evaluation.

Prevention is key when it comes to gum disease. Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental check-ups, can help prevent the onset of gum disease. Additionally, avoiding tobacco use, maintaining a balanced diet, and managing stress can contribute to overall gum health.

Remember, gum disease may be painless in the early stages but it can lead to serious health complications, hence early detection and treatment of gum disease can make a significant difference in preserving your smile and overall well-being. 

At Accurate Family Dental in Turlock, CA, we're committed to helping our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Whether you're in need of preventive care, treatment for gum disease, or cosmetic dentistry services, our experienced team is here to provide personalized care tailored to your needs.

If you have any concerns about gum disease or would like to schedule an appointment, don't hesitate to contact us at Accurate Family Dental in Turlock, CA.

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