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Plaque Buster: Your Guide to Tackling Dental Buildup

December 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — chaskadentistteam @ 10:52 pm
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Plaque – it’s a term you often hear during dental checkups, but what exactly is it? In less scientific terms, it’s the root of many dental woes that you may face. Therefore, understanding plaque is the first step in maintaining your dental health.

If you want to unravel the mysteries of plaque, learn how it forms, and how to get rid of it, continue reading.

What Is Plaque?

Plaque is a soft, sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth, gums, and other oral surfaces. This bacterial buildup is a natural consequence of food and its breakdown as part of digestion. The problem arises when plaque is not adequately removed, leading to potential dental issues.

How Does Plaque Form?

Plaque forms when bacteria in the mouth combine with saliva and food particles. This creates a thin, colorless film on teeth. Over time, if not removed, this film can transform into a more solid substance known as tartar or calculus, further complicating oral health. 

How Does Plaque Hurt Dental Health?

While there are several ways that plaque and the bacteria contained within it can harm your oral health, here are the most common:

  • Tooth Decay: Plaque bacteria produce acids that attack tooth enamel, leading to cavities.
  • Gum Disease: Bacterial plaque along the gumline can cause inflammation, leading to gingivitis and, if untreated, progressing to periodontitis.
  • Bad Breath: Bacteria in plaque can release sulfur compounds, contributing to persistent bad breath.

How Can I Remove Plaque for My Dental Health?

Luckily, it’s easy to remove plaque from your dental equation. Taking care of your oral hygiene daily will prevent the formation of tartar, which is much harder to remove. Here are the best ways to remove plaque:

  • Brush Regularly: Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. Make sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline.
  • Floss Daily: Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and below the gumline, where your toothbrush may not reach.
  • Use Antiseptic Mouthwash: An antiseptic or antibacterial mouthwash can help reduce bacteria in the mouth and control plaque formation.
  • Watch What You Eat: Limit sugary and starchy foods, as these can contribute to plaque formation.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Professional dental cleanings are essential to remove tartar and plaque that may have accumulated despite regular oral care.

Understanding what plaque is and how it forms can help you be proactive in your oral care. By adopting a consistent oral hygiene routine and seeking professional dental care, you can effectively combat plaque and enjoy a clean, healthy smile.

About the Author

Dr. Mark Stapleton is a passionate and talented dentist who loves meeting new people and providing the best quality care for his patients. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and then went on to complete an advanced education residency to sharpen his skills before beginning private practice. Call (952) 448-2868 to schedule an appointment at White Oak Dental or visit the website to discover other services.

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