All About Plaque

Plaque is the soft, sticky film containing millions of bacteria that accumulates on the surface of your teeth. If not removed regularly with thorough brushing and flossing, the bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque that is not removed can eventually harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing then become more difficult as tartar collects at the gum line.  Heavy plaque deposits can be easier to see and may look like a thick white deposit or food stuck to the teeth.  At this stage, plaque and tartar can only be fully removed with dental tools.

The first picture shows a patient who had a good home care routine, but hadn’t had his teeth cleaned for several years. Notice the thick build-up of plaque on the back of his lower front teeth.  The second picture is after our hygienist cleaned his teeth.  What a difference!

A healthy smile begins with a solid foundation. Just 2 minutes, 2 times daily helps remove plaque and bacteria that lead to cavities, gingivitis, infection, and tooth loss.  Our dental team also plays an important part in your oral health, too but only if you come in for your regular cleanings and exams!