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Bacteria and Your Dental Health

Did you know that most dental health problems are caused by bacterium? When bacteria builds up in your mouth and on the surfaces of your teeth and gums in the form of plaque, it can lead to a variety of dental health issues including periodontal disease, tooth decay and bad breath. So how does the harmful bacteria get into your mouth in the first place?

Bacterium lives in your mouth naturally and also occurs when the foods you eat are broken down. Most bacteria are harmless and can be handled by your body’s natural defenses and good oral hygiene. Plaque is a sticky grouping of bacteria that lives on gum tissue, teeth and crowns. When you eat foods or beverages with sugars or starches, the bacteria release acids that attack your tooth enamel. The plaque is so sticky that is keeps the acids in contact with your teeth. In time, this causes the enamel to break down and can lead to tooth decay.

You may be wondering how you can prevent the build up of harmful bacteria in your mouth. The best way is to practice good daily oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth thoroughly at least two times per day and flossing your teeth thoroughly at least one time per day. Rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth after eating starchy or sugary foods can also help to prevent harmful bacteria from building up on the surfaces of your teeth and gums. Visiting your dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning can also serve to remove harmful plaque from the surfaces in your mouth. Lastly, replacing your toothbrush when it is worn out will ensure that it is effective in removing plaque and bacteria from your mouth.

If you have gums that are swollen, red or bleed easily, it could be a sign of periodontal disease. If you have pain or sensitivity surrounding a tooth, it could be a sign of tooth decay. Don’t risk your long-term dental health by failing to get treatment. Visit your dentist today for a proper diagnosis and timely treatment so you can prevent serious, costly and painful dental health problems from occurring in the future.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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