Film Review

We primarily brush our teeth daily (hopefully two to three times daily) to remove the buildup of food debris, mucus, and bacteria that naturally coats teeth with a layer of film. This bacteria-laden film, called “plaque,” coats each tooth individually. If not removed, it can lead to inflammation, infection, and other health problems.

While plaque can easily be removed by brushing after it initially forms, it begins to harden after 48 hours. If not removed, the material solidifies into a substance known as “tarter” that requires removal with sharp scraping instruments in the dentist’s office.

To prevent the bacteria associated with plaque and tarter from attacking ligaments and bone that hold teeth in the mouth, it is essential to prevent plaque from reaching damaging levels.