Believe it or not, plaque can rear its ugly head in any La Mesa mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving La Mesa resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.
The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)
This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.
A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t always the reality for San Diego, Alpine, Jamul, and Santee folks. We encourage anyone in the San Diego area who is unhappy with their smile to consider the benefits of a smile makeover.
Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our La Mesa cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about Invisalign, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, laser dentistry, dentures, and any number of other dental services.
Jeff Gray has been serving the La Mesa area since 1986. Call 619-337-7700 to schedule a consultation.