Dental plaque is an enemy to your mouth. As plaque builds on your teeth, it devours the enamel off your teeth, causing cavities and gum decay. Additionally, bacteria from plaque causes bad breath and yellow teeth.
Take your fingernail and scrape it gently across the inside of one of your molars. Now look at your finger. See that white stuff under your fingernail? Plaque is a film of living and dead bacteria that grows on your teeth, and when it isn’t removed, it can harden into calculus, commonly called tartar. When plaque and tartar build on your teeth and gums, the result can be gingivitis and periodontal disease.
You can’t remove tartar; it requires professional help to remove, but you can remove plaque. And by removing plaque from your teeth, you will prevent tartar from forming. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is the best way to remove plaque and keep your teeth, gums and breath healthy.
Dental plaque isn’t a pleasant subject, but if left untreated, it can cause serious dental hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Learning about plaque should encourage you to brush and floss so that you don’t have to encounter these types of dental hygiene problems. At Bayshore Dental, patients in Long Beach, Bellflower, Signal Hill, Lakewood and Seal Beach trust Dr. Rench and his staff to keep their smiles looking beautiful and you can too. Call us at 562-494-3477 to schedule an appointment or to get more information.
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