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:
Brush regularly, twice a day for 2 minutes. Use a brush with soft bristles that is small enough to fit into your mouth. Be sure to include the hard-to-reach surfaces behind your teeth and on your rear molars.
Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gum line, where your toothbrush may not reach.
Watch your diet, limit sugary or starchy foods, especially sticky snacks.
Schedule at least two regular dental visits for professional cleanings and dental examinations each year.
Don't smoke. Studies show that people who smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products are more likely to have tartar.
Proper brushing, especially with a tartar control toothpaste, and flossing are necessary to reduce plaque and tartar build-up. Once tartar has formed, only your dentist or dental hygienist can remove it professionally.
If you aren't having any luck with plaque removal after following our tips, ask yourself if you're doing everything you can to protect your oral health and make sure that you're not neglecting back teeth during your oral hygiene routine.
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.