As Halloween approaches, we want to remind our patients to not overdo their candy consumption! Most things, candy included, are good in moderation. Dr. William Harper provides dental hygiene and oral health treatment to patients of all ages in his Newport News, VA dental office. Along with his dental team, Dr. Harper wants his patients to keep up with their regular dental routines and be aware of their oral health. Below you can learn how sugar impacts tooth and gum health as well as why oral hygiene and dental visits are important.
How Sugar Affects the Teeth and Gums
If sugar is allowed to buildup on and around the teeth, the bacteria that eats away at it can begin to form plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance, that once hardened, may prove difficult to remove. Harmful bacteria feed on sugar and other food debris and produce acids that wear down the tooth enamel and irritate the gums. Over time, these acids can create holes in the teeth or lead to periodontitis, also known as gum disease. If you eat too much sugar and don’t brush and floss enough, then your teeth and gums may be affected.
Preventing and Treating Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Oral hygiene is the first line of defense against a dental infection. Brushing and flossing twice a day removes food debris and plaque. At routine dental appointments, our dental hygienists can provide a deeper clean using specialized tools. One of the most common causes of gum and tooth infections is poor oral hygiene. Symptoms of infection include irritated and bleeding gums, fever, bleeding gums when you brush or floss, tooth and gum sensitivity, and loose teeth. If you notice any of these signs, please contact our office as soon as possible.
For patients with mild infections, we recommend antibacterial rinses and deep cleaning. We also use prophy-jet technology to remove plaque deposits and diode lasers to remove infected tissue. Additionally, if patients have cavities, we can clean the inside of their teeth and provide dental fillings that blend in with their smiles.
Remember To Schedule Routine Dental Care
If you are a new patient of Dr. Harper’s, contact his office at 757.414.7227. Current patients may call 757.868.8152. Feel free to request a dental consultation on our website.