Taking care of your smile includes making sure that you’re always minimizing risks associated with gum disease and tooth decay. One of the most common risks of damage to your tooth enamel exists due to plaque buildup in your mouth. Although plaque buildup is only a sticky film that lingers in your mouth, it can use bacteria to convert substances such as sugar into harmful acids that can eat directly through your tooth enamel and lead to cavities and other oral health risks.
Plaque is often a sign that your oral hygiene care is lacking. If plaque is present, it means you are not brushing or flossing effectively as you should. To enhance your cleaning routines, remember to always brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily as well. Furthermore, make sure you are using tools that can function adequately. Ideally, you should replace your brush every six months. If your dental floss ever tears or frays during use, it should be replaced with shred-resistant floss. For alternative brushing and flossing tools. Consider using electric toothbrushes or water flossers.
If plaque is not treated in time, it can harden into a substance known as tartar. The problem with tartar is that it cannot be easily removed through normal oral hygiene cleanings. Instead, you will need to visit your dentist to have it removed. If tartar buildup should occur, visit your dentist. Furthermore, your dentist can provide you with professional cleanings every 6 months as an additional layer of oral health care.
If there is anything more you wish to know about plaque, contact our dental office in Corvallis, Oregon. Furthermore, you are welcome to schedule an appointment at North Point Dental Group, LLC by calling us at 541-754-4017. Our team looks forward to taking your smile and your oral health care to the next level with plaque prevention and care.