What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that coats teeth. It consumes sugars in the foods we eat, and releases acids as a waste product. These acids slowly eat away at the enamel of teeth, and if left unchecked, can cause tooth decay. Over time, the plaque layer on teeth can harden to become tartar or calculus. This hard layer continues to release acids, and is even harder to remove than regular plaque. Plaque is a leading cause of gingivitis, early stage gum disease.
What causes plaque?
Plaque is naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths, and it can never be permanently eradicated. It becomes a problem when it is not regularly removed from our teeth by brushing and flossing.
What is tartar or calculus?
Tartar and calculus are both names for hardened plaque. This can be removed during a regular dental hygiene visit.
How can I prevent plaque?
You can’t prevent the formation of plaque, but there are things you can do to minimize the damage it can cause. You can fight plaque and prevent its buildup by:
What can South High Dental do about plaque?
We will certainly advise you on how to properly brush and floss, since this is your first and best defense against plaque. During your regular visits, our dentists or a dental hygienist will give your teeth a very thorough cleaning, and use instruments to remove tartar buildup. We may be able to use special dental sealants on your molars, where decay often starts.
Why choose South High Dental in Columbus, OH for your dental services needs?
With years of experience creating healthy smiles with dental services, our team at South High Dental uses the latest in dentistry so you can get the smile you want and need. Call us at 610-922-8952 or contact us to make an appointment to treat any dental problems such as plaque. At South High Dental in Columbus, OH we are happy to provide our dental services to our neighboring communities including Obetz, Grove City, Groveport, South-South High St., Ashville, Circleville, and surrounding areas in Ohio. We offer flexible hours and most insurances covers our treatments such as:
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