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Dentistry Improvements: Plaque Buildup Prevention and Treatments

Learn More About Dental Plaque Buildup

Do you have any measures in place to ensure that plaque buildup cannot begin to collect in your mouth? Plaque is a sticky film of debris and bacteria that often pools on your teeth if you are practicing improper oral health care routines. If your oral hygiene is slacking or if you’re not brushing and flossing daily, you could leave your teeth vulnerable to several health risks associated with plaque buildup.

What Is Plaque Buildup?

Dental plaque is a colorless and sticky film that builds up on teeth. When saliva, fluids and food combine, it produces bacteria deposits. These deposits collect where your teeth meet your gums. Plaque buildup is a known oral health risk for your teeth and gums because it can lead to the loss of tooth enamel, cavities and gum disease. If left untreated, plaque buildup can convert substances in your mouth into acids that can lead to numerous disorders and even cause tooth loss or severe infections.

How to Prevent Plaque Buildup on Teeth

To combat the risks, always make sure that you’re brushing and flossing daily and keeping your mouth clean and free of any bacteria or debris. If left untreated, plaque can eventually harden into a product known as tartar. Tartar buildup is difficult to wash away and often requires professional care. You should visit your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning to keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible.

You are welcome to schedule an appointment with Desert Dental Group for plaque buildup prevention and care by calling (520) 201-1717. Dr. Brett M. Barney and our team look forward to having you stop by our dental office in Tucson, Arizona.