Attacking Plaque

Dec 27 | 0 Comment(s)

Because “plaque” is constantly growing in the mouth, it is important to brush and floss teeth to prevent it from building up on tooth surfaces and hardening into “tartar.” Plaque is a sticky bacteria-laden film that forms continuously around teeth and gums and can cause real problems if it is not removed within 24 hours.

Bacteria in plaque do their damage when they convert sugars and starches from food into enamel-dissolving acid and toxins that inflame the gums and cause them to pull away from teeth. As a result, tooth root surfaces become exposed, leaving them susceptible to cavity formation. When plaque is allowed to accumulate, it hardens into tartar, which requires professional treatment to remove the specialized instruments.


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