Dealing with Dental Plaque

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You may be one of the world’s best brushers. You may replace your toothbrush every three months, use fluoridated toothpaste, and floss every day. But no matter how well you take care of your teeth, you will still develop plaque. And where there is plaque, there is trouble for your teeth. And you do have plaque.

Don’t let that get you down. As our dentist can tell you, plaque forms on everyone’s teeth. It is the result of the bacteria in your mouth, and it is constantly forming. If it is not removed, it will harden into tartar. Plaque and tartar can cause serious problems for your oral health. For example, the bacteria present in your plaque reacts with the sugar from the things you eat and drink to create tooth decay. Plaque is also the primary cause of gum disease. As plaque accumulates on your teeth, they begin to swell, which permits more plaque to work its way below the gum line. This allows the bacteria to enter your gums and your body.

When you make an appointment with our team, our dental hygienist will give your teeth a thorough cleaning to remove the plaque that you could not remove by brushing and flossing at home. But in between appointments, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, and floss at least once a day. If you brush after every meal, wait for thirty minutes after your meal. This will give your saliva the time it needs to neutralize the acid in your mouth. There are also mouthwashes available over-the-counter, which contain ingredients to fight plaque, tartar and oral bacteria.

If you are concerned about plaque, you can call today to make an appointment at our office for a cleaning and exam. Let us help you enjoy a healthy smile!