What is Plaque and How Does it Affect General Health?
Plaque is a bacterial build up that forms on the teeth. It may be invisible unless it is highly concentrated. It forms from the bacteria in your mouth that are naturally occurring. These bacteria are part of the digestive process that starts in your mouth. These processes form acids and toxins that can create periodontal disease and decay. It is an overgrowth of normal bacteria and some more pathogenic bacteria. Brushing and flossing keep the bacteria and their by-products from building up on your teeth and causing damage to your teeth and gums.
There is a marked link between cardiovascular health, diabetes, and oral health. As your dental health providers, we will continually evaluate your periodontal health and how it relates to overall health. Our goal is not to scare you but alert you to the very real connection between oral health and general health.
Care for your oral hygiene for a better quality of general health
Your dental health is a partnership between our team and you. Your oral hygiene is necessary to advance your overall health and your oral health. We will do everything we can during your appointment to make sure you know how to take care of your oral hygiene. Contact our St. Joseph dental team or call us today for an appointment to learn how to take care of your oral hygiene and keep you moving toward health. (816) 233-0142.