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Common Oral Hygiene Questions


These are a few of the questions that are frequently asked by our patients. If you have any questions or concerns regarding oral hygiene please feel free to contact us.


  1. What is plaque?
  2. What is gum disease?
  3. I have bleeding gums, is this serious?
  4. How can I keep my teeth & gums healthy?
  5. Why is a visit to the dentist important?


What is plaque?

Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and reacts with food, turning sugar into acid which is harmful to the enamel on your teeth. Prolonged attacks of plaque can destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities and general tooth decay.


What is gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by tartar, hardened plaque that forms near the gum line which can cause inflammation and irritation. The gums recede away from the teeth opening up gaps that become infected. If not treated this can result in the bone supporting the teeth to decay and teeth may be lost.


I have bleeding gums, is this serious?

Bleeding gums may not necessarily mean a problem. It is quite common for gums to bleed after the first week of flossing. Many people brush too hard when cleaning their teeth. If bleeding persists you should make an appointment with your dentists for an examination.


How can I keep my teeth & gums healthy?

A regular teeth cleaning routine will remove plaque from your teeth. A good healthy diet and regular checkups with your dentist will prevent most dental problems. Although most people have a good brushing routine, flossing is also vital to ensure that plaque does not form between the teeth.


Why is a visit to the dentist important?

Prevention is better than cure, regular visits to the dentist will ensure that you are less likely to suffer from dental problems that may develop into a long term problem.


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