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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

What is dental plaque and how can I get rid of it?


Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Photo of plaque tooth before it was treated at Revive Dental and Implant Center in Charleston, West VirginiaDental plaque is in layman's terms the dirt on your teeth's surface. It occurs when you fail to brush your teeth, and everyone is prone to it. It is the sticky film that forms on the surface of your teeth after eating that tantalizing dinner or the mouth-watering breakfast. It is important to remove the plaque through regular dental cleanings, brushing, and flossing. Note that, if plaque is left on your teeth, it can lead to cavities and other oral health conditions.

What is it made of?


Plaque is the bacteria that is left on your teeth. It is important to note that a buildup of plaque is known as tartar. When tartar builds up on your teeth, it houses bacteria that produce harmful toxins that corrode and erode the tooth enamel. When the bacteria feed on the food remains, they break it down to that sticky, acidic film known as plaque.

What is the color of plaque?


Plaque is colorless. However, it can lead to the discoloration of teeth because of the food particles that stick to your teeth. If you want to know what plaque looks or feels like, run your tongue over the surface of your teeth. If it feels "fuzzy", meaning there is a plaque buildup on your teeth, and it needs immediate cleanup.

How can I get rid of it?


The most common remedy for dental plaques is brushing and flossing. However, dental checkups will do too. During the checkups, the hygienists use instruments to remove the plaque on your teeth. They may also use other means like dental sealants that keep plaque away from the surface of your teeth. There are also dry mouth treatments that are used to increase saliva production. Moreover, there are fluoride treatments that slow down the growth of the bacteria and prescription mouthwashes. For these and more services, feel free to visit our headquarters today.

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