What is Plaque?

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You have probably heard of plaque. Your mouthwash and your toothpaste may tell you that they remove plaque from your teeth, and your dentist cleans the plaque from your teeth during your regular appointment. But what is plaque, and why is it so important that you remove it?

Plaque is something that is common to everyone. No matter how much you brush, floss and rinse, plaque forms on everyone’s teeth. It is a sticky film that gives bacteria a place to breed. That bacteria reacts to the food that you eat to create acids that attack the enamel of your teeth. Along with visits to your dentist, brushing and flossing every day will remove plaque. But if it is not addressed, that plaque will form tartar. A buildup of tartar under the gumline will lead to gum disease.

To keep plaque from building up, you should brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and floss before going to bed. Snacks or foods containing sugar and starch should be avoided, or limited; and you should see your dentist at least every six months for a cleaning and exam.

If it is time for your cleaning, why not make an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Rachel Meyer at Dr. Rachel Meyer, DDS in Los Alamos, New Mexico? You can reach us at 505-662-3163. We’d love to see you to brighten your smile.