Why should I worry about plaque?

Bacteria (plaque) continually collects on all tooth surfaces. Left undisturbed, bacteria can cause dental decay, bleeding gums (gingivitis), and gum (periodontal) disease. Oral bacteria may also contribute to serious and, in some cases, life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular and lung diseases.

How should I clean between my teeth?

Well, that depends upon you and your mouth.  Are your teeth tight together? Do you have crowns? Bridges? Implants? Braces? Dental appliances?  Do you have trouble gripping things? Poor dexterity? There are lots of tools to help you clean between your teeth.  Together, you and your dental hygienist can determine the best choice for you.

What’s the bottom line?

Cleaning between your teeth every day is important to your oral and overall health. Your mouth is NOT healthy if your teeth are not thoroughly cleaned. Gums should NOT bleed.  Breath should NOT smell.  A dental hygienist can assist you in determining the interdental cleaning tool best suited to your own personal needs. Schedule your next appointment today!