Plaque is one of the biggest dangers to your healthy and beautiful smile. Both daily oral hygiene routines and professional dental cleanings are designed to clear plaque off of your teeth and oral tissues.
In today’s article our Lincoln Park dentists will be giving you more information about plaque—how it threatens your smile, and what you can do about it. We hope that this information will help you understand what you need to do to care for your smile!
Plaque develops every single day, throughout the day and night. When you eat and drink, the oral bacteria in your mouth feed off of the substances you consume. Plaque is a sticky film in which oral bacteria reside—this film sticks to your enamel and gum tissues.
As plaque sits on your oral surfaces, the oral bacteria within produce acids. These acids weaken your enamel and oral tissues—leaving you prone to cavities, dental damage, and oral infections.
Plaque, when it is newly developed, is a malleable film. However, when plaque is allowed to sit, undisturbed, on your smile for days it calcifies in to a substance called tartar. Tartar is very difficult to remove; in fact, you’ll likely need a dentist to use professional tools in order to eliminate plaque.
So, when you brush and floss your teeth at home, you are helping your smile by clearing away newly developed plaque. Then, when you complete your semi-annual professional dental cleanings, our dental team gets rid of calcified plaque (tartar) that has accumulated on your smile over the past six months.
An optimal oral hygiene routine combines diligent at-home dental care with state-of-the-art professional cleanings. If you want to learn more about how you can protect your smile from the dangers of plaque please call our Lincoln Park dentists to get more information!