Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dentists, dental specialists, and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment or contact us.  A very complete Patient Edcuation Section is available on each page on the right hand side.  From there you can learn about the many options and exceptional dental care you will experience with Drs. DeLacy and Coombs. 

 

 

Drs. Coombs and DeLacy recommend, in addition to the information provided here, to view these trusted sites and resources from groups that both Drs. DeLacy and Coombs are members of.   

Academy of General Dentistry http://www.knowyourteeth.com

American Dental Association  http://www.ada.org

Michigan Dental Association  http://www.smilemichigan.com

Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums after eating foods that produce acids. These foods may include carbohydrates (starches and sugars), such as candy and cookies, and starchy foods such as bread, crackers, and cereal.

Tooth decay, commonly known as cavities, occurs when plaque remains on your teeth for an extended period of time, allowing the bacteria to ‘eat away’ at the surfaces of your teeth and gums.  Ironically, the areas surrounding restored portions of teeth (where fillings, or amalgams have been placed) are particularly vulnerable to decay and are a breeding ground for bacteria.

Plaque can lead to gum irritation, soreness, and redness. Sometimes, your gums may begin to bleed as a result of plaque. This gradual degeneration can often cause gums to pull away from teeth. This condition is called receding gums.

Long-term plaque can lead to serious problems. Sometimes, the bacteria can form pockets of disease around tooth structures, eventually destroying the bone beneath the tooth.


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