William F. Campbell, DDS
2 Utterby Road Malverne, NY 11565
Monday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday Hospital Clinic Hours
Friday Closed
Saturday 8:00pm - 1:00pm
Sunday Closed

Great Health

Let’s work together.

Regular cleanings by us, and proper care at home makes a great partnership for oral health! We'll do our part. You simply brush and floss regularly.

Best Ways to Remove Plaque?

Brushing and flossing! Brushing removes plaque from a major portion of your teeth but it doesn’t get in between. That's where flossing comes in. Brushing & flossing routine twice a day for 5 minutes keeps your teeth and gums healthy.

  1. how to brush
  2. how to brush
    Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle.
    Bristles should touch both the tooth surface and the gumline.
  3. how to brush
    Maintain a 45-degree angle with bristles contacting the inner tooth surface and gumline. Gently brush using a back and forth rolling motion.
  4. how to brush
    Tilt the brush vertically behind the upper and lower front teeth.
  5. how to brush
    Make several up and down strokes using the front half of the brush.
  6. how to brush
    Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odor-producing bacteria.

What is Plaque?

It’s a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. The bacteria use sugar and other carbohydrates to produce acids. Those attack the tooth and cause decay. These bacteria also release toxins, which can irritate and inflame gums. That causes them to turn red, swell and bleed easily.

These signs are typically associated with gingivitis. If ignored, gingivitis can progresses to a more advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis. That’s when supportive structures deteriorate around the teeth.

Calculus (tartar) is formed when minerals in your saliva combine with plaque on the tooth surface. They harden into a rough, unsightly deposit. Calculus provides a rough surface. That aids in accumulation of additional plaque making it even more difficult to remove. Your toothbrush and floss can't eliminate calculus once it has formed. A vicious cycle starts that can only be stopped by having your teeth professionally cleaned to remove all calculus deposits, plaque and stains! The main purpose of the cleaning is to help prevent gum disease. It also improves your appearance by creating smooth, clean teeth and a bright smile.

  1. how to floss
  2. how to floss
    Wrap about 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of your hands.
  3. how to floss
    This will free your index fingers and thumbs to manipulate the floss.
  4. how to floss
    Holding the floss tightly (use your thumbs and forefingers) gently guide the floss between your teeth. Never "snap" the floss as this can cut the gums.
  5. how to floss
    When the floss reaches the gumline, curve it into a C-Shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel pressure against the tooth. Smoothly scrape the side of the tooth with floss.
  6. how to floss
    The same procedure applies to the back teeth.
  7. how to floss
    Repeat this method on all your teeth. Move to a clean area of floss after one or two teeth.