Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any mouth, no matter how meticulous you try to be. That’s why regular cleanings at The Lewisville Dentist are so important. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you have a sweet tooth, watch out.
The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)
This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.
Tartar is another matter. Once it forms, it can only be removed by a dental hygienist. At The Lewisville Dentist we recommend you see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a cleaning today!
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