Dr. Kathleen Mullaney • DDS • FAGD

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Can you prevent plaque?

You may be used to being lectured about needing to practice proper oral hygiene each time you go for your dental check up. Your dentist emphasizes the fact that you need to properly brush your teeth, and floss on a regular basis to prevent tooth decay, gum diseases, and plaque buildup. You know enough about tooth decay, and many of the gum diseases to know that they are unpleasant factors of bad oral health. Despite your knowledge of the ailments that were mentioned previously, you may find yourself wondering what plaque is and why it is bad for you.

When you eat food and drink each day, you invite thousands of types of bacteria into your mouth. It is completely natural for the bacteria to make your mouth their home, and they continue to breed. As the bacteria live their life, they eventually become plaque, which is a film of bacteria that forms over your teeth. As the plaque continues to exist on your teeth, they excrete acids which are harmful to your teeth and gums which eventually weakens both, causing tooth decay and gum irritation.

How Does Plaque Attack the Gums?

If you don’t brush your teeth and floss on a regular basis, plaque will build up and will begin to burrow into the small openings where your gums surround your teeth. The bacteria in plaque will thrive when it finds its way into the crevices of your teeth and gums, which will likely cause irritation. Your gums may be red, sore, and bleed when you brush your teeth or eat, which is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can be eliminated if quick corrective action is taken through the help of a dentist prescribing a special antibiotic mouthwash. It is never good to procrastinate when you notice signs of gingivitis because the condition can worsen to a number of other negative conditions which may result in serious infection and loss of teeth.

How You Can Prevent Plaque Buildup

Plaque buildup can be prevented through the practice of proper oral hygiene. Ask Heather at your next visit about proper brushing techniques and the advantages of an electric toothbrush, while not neglecting to brush near your gums, and make a point of brushing your teeth as many times as you can each day. Flossing plays a major role in the prevention of plaque buildup because it scrapes food particles and existing plaque away from the crevices of your gums and between your teeth. The use of a doctor approved mouthwash is also beneficial to the prevention of plaque buildup because it kills many of the bacteria which cause plaque, as well as cleaning between the teeth and around your gums.

Be sure to ask Dr. Mullaney or Heather about any questions that you may have regarding concerns about your oral hygiene and health. Call Paige today, 703-548-8584, to schedule an appointment if you notice plaque buildup or any symptom of gingivitis.

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Had my first visit to Dr. Mullaney’s office this month since the pandemic and the experience was gold standard. The safety processes and clean office environment were impeccable. Dr. Mullaney and staff were, as usual, amazing. Every step was explained, the protective garments worn by staff were the best I have experienced. It was a safe and positive visit and I recommend making an appointment!!

I am a new patient. After my first dentist appointment with Dr. Mullaney, I left feeling very informed and in control of ultimately making decisions about the care and treatment I receive. The staff is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I love that they participate in helping veterans through The Freedom Day USA program. They are committed to providing a very clean and friendly atmosphere. In addition this practice goes out of its way to bring comfort and the latest in dentistry to all their patients.

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Dr. Mullaney and her staff are absolutely wonderful. They are very professional, personable and greet you by name when you walk in the door. Dr. Mullaney is very talented and really has perfected her craft. Even with a last-minute treatment change, she is unwavering in performing the highest quality treatment available. I am extremely grateful to you all for making my visit pleasant and even fun!