The American Dental Association (ADA) states that your teeth receive up to 200 pounds of pressure when they bite and chew. Unfortunately, even the strongest of teeth can still experience faltering decay when they aren't properly cared for. Here at Wall Family Dental in Wall, NJ, your dentist, Dr. Joseph Pollak, and his team provide professional cleanings that remove harmful deposits of tartar and plaque, leaving you with a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile.
Why tooth decay and gum disease happen
Bacteria live everywhere in your mouth, but especially in carbohydrate-based food residues which produce sticky plaque and hard tartar.
The more of these biofilms you have, the more bacteria thrive and secrete harmful acids. Cavities and periodontal pockets form, along with other signs of gum disease. Left unaddressed, tooth loss occurs from these issues.
How your dentist in Wall, NJ, can help
At Wall Family Dental, Dr. Pollak recommends six-month cleanings and oral examinations for all his patients, no matter their ages. Dr. Pollak actually performs the dental cleaning, does a preliminary examination, takes X-rays when they are scheduled, and polishes your teeth. He measures the sulcus, or pocket, between each tooth and the gum tissue; this measurement is an accurate indicator of periodontal health.
After these initial steps, Dr. Pollak uses hand instruments or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque and tartar from on and between teeth and at the gum line. This process is fully individualized to your needs. Upon completion, you'll receive a refreshing tooth polishing with a soft-tipped rotary toothbrush and special toothpaste.
Finally, Dr. Pollak will show you ways to improve your oral hygiene practices at home. He may suggest an electric toothbrush or special flossers for those hard-to-reach places. Nutritional counseling as needed is part of your prophylactic care at Wall Family Dentistry.
That's what you'll find at Wall Family Dental. Call us today to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Joseph Pollak: (732) 449-5512.