WHAT IS PLAQUE?
Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth. Everyone develops plaque because bacteria are constantly growing in our mouths, which is not necessarily easy to see. Plaque that is not removed from around the gum line can cause tooth decay, inflammation, and irritation to the gums around your teeth, leading to gingivitis. Hardened plaque (tartar) can only be removed during a teeth cleaning, which is why it’s essential to see your dentist every 6 months.
TIPS TO PREVENT PLAQUE BUILD-UP:
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR DENTAL APPOINTMENT:
Only a dental professional can remove tartar from teeth. Before the dentist begins the teeth cleaning, they will examine the inside of your mouth for obvious signs of tooth decay and gum disease. We may also take dental x-rays if it’s been a while since your last ones.
While a small cavity can be treated with a filling, a tooth abscess will need an emergency root canal or even extraction. During the dental cleaning, our dentist will be able to use a special tool called a to gently scrape plaque and tartar from teeth.
Tartar build-up increases your risk of cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.