Plaque: The Substance that Destroys Teeth and Gums

Dental plaque is the sticky, tooth-colored film that forms on the teeth and makes your smile feel fuzzy. You can generally notice this film when you have not yet brushed your teeth.

What causes plaque?
Plaque develops on your smile when you consume carbohydrates, like sugars and starches. These foods give the oral bacteria the ammo to attack the smile, which results in the development of acids. Over time, this plaque destroys the tooth enamel and creates tooth decay. If this substance is still not removed from your mouth, it can move into the tooth roots and gums and develop into gum disease.

How can I prevent plaque buildup?
It’s very important that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss your smile at least once a day. These tasks will help remove the newest section of plaque that has grown onto your smile. However, brushing and flossing won’t remove all of the plaque. The only treatment that will completely remove the harmful substance is your dental cleanings, which is why it is important to visit your dentist every six months. In addition to brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist, you can also rinse your mouth daily with antibacterial mouth rinse. This rinse will reduce the amount of bacteria in your smile that causes plaque and gum disease.

For more information about plaque, call 530.273.4442 now and talk to a member of our friendly dental team at Paul L. Evans, DDS. We also encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul L. Evans if you are due for a dental cleaning. We are happy to help you!

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