There have been over 700 different strains of bacteria detected in the human mouth, most of which are harmless. Sometimes, other disease-causing bacteria are thrown into the mix that can compromise your oral health.
At the office of Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC, we provide comprehensive endodontic treatment to help patients preserve their natural smiles. Our office is equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and we have established a reputation for providing the highest quality of care when it comes to tooth preservation techniques.
Bacteria in biofilm (a thin film of bacteria which adheres to surfaces) were first detected in the 17th century. Plaque that forms on your teeth is a type of biofilm that causes tooth decay and periodontal disease. A biofilm forms when bacteria adhere to surfaces in a watery environment. They excrete a glue-like substance that helps them stick to all kinds of materials. Dental plaque is a yellowish color type of biofilm that builds up on teeth.
A biofilm can contain communities of disease-causing bacteria, and if left uncontrolled, they can cause cavities as well as other dental conditions that can lead to tooth loss. Bacteria is also the cause of inflammation and pain of a root infection. At our office, we specialize in root canal treatments that eliminate the pain of infection, and save the injured tooth. During the procedure, the root is dried and sealed, so that there’s no moisture for bacteria to colonize.
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The best way to fight bacteria buildup is to control it — with a healthy diet, good oral care practices and regular checkups. If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, or if you have injured your tooth, count on the processionals at the office of Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC to provide the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC
June 16, 2020