Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Katy resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.
The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, and always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. This is called plaque, that sticky and colorless film that is contantly forming.
After 48 hours, plaque will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.) This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth.
The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing.
The only way to remove tarter is to see our dental hygienist for a professional cleaning. This is a critical component of your dental health regimen.
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