Most people have heard of the word “plaque,” and know it’s not something you want on your teeth. Yet, they don’t know what exactly plaque is or how it contributes to dental decay.
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that
you’ve been consuming a lot of sugars and starches.
Ever had that fuzzy feeling on your teeth that goes away after you give them a good brush?
Plaque is what contributes to dental decay, as bacteria like to consume the sugars in your mouth and excrete acids that wear away at your tooth enamel.
When you don’t regularly brush and floss away plaque, it forms tartar. Tartar is the calcified substance on your teeth that only a professional cleaning can remove. (See our office hours to schedule an appointment.)
To regularly remove plaque:
- Brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.
- Floss at least once a day to remove plaque that your brush can’t reach.
- Visit us for your regular dental cleanings.
To learn more on you can prevent/treat plaque build-up, schedule an appointment today!