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Marin County Dentist Discusses Reasons for Dental Decay

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Dr. McConnell and team with our Marin County Dentistoffice aim to keep our patients’ natural teeth both healthy and cavity free. This is the best preventative approach to reducing the likelihood of major cosmetic or structural dental treatment in the future. In order to achieve overall dental health, teeth should be healthy and natural. A great side effect is that patients will enjoy a stable and aesthetically pleasing smile.


Our team is thrilled that in general, our patients are committed to maintaining good oral health.

They brush and floss twice a day, and are on their way to protecting their healthy smiles.

Unfortunately, our practice is treating an increasing amount of patients who avoid professional dental visits. They solely rely upon at home preventative measures. In doing so, they risk overall dental health.


Throughout the day eating and drinking will cause plaque to form on the surface and between teeth. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are excellent preventative maintenance techniques that will help to remove some plaque from dental enamel. Plaque is defined as a sticky combination of bacteria and sugars, which is harmful because of its acidity. Acidity eats away at dental enamel and threatens the health of our smiles. Obviously, brushing and flossing are important since they help remove the daily buildup of plaque.


Sadly, at home oral hygiene alone will not prevent dental disease. Even the most conscientious at home dental hygiene routine will not remove every trace of plaque buildup. When plaque remains on the dental enamel, it will harden into tartar, or “calculus.” The tartar calcifies on the teeth, which provides a perfect environment for enamel eroding bacteria and sugars. This tartar buildup can only be removed by a Dentistthrough dental scaling. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain a calendar of semiannual dental cleanings to reach our goal of a cavity free smile.


The dental health community places a heavy importance on a thorough at home oral hygiene routine. Give yourself applause if you are one of the many patients who brush and flosses daily. However, patients must remember to follow a schedule of regular professional scaling and polishing treatments. Working with a dentist to establish a balance of at home and professional care is the easiest way to accomplish your dental health goals. The Novato Dentistis happy and available to answer any questions and provide guidance. Don’t hesitate to call today!

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