Plaque: Important Details You Really Should Know!

Have you heard of plaque? The likely answer to this question is, “Yes, of course!” Now, our Southlake, TX team asks, how much do you know about plaque? If you are looking around and shrugging your shoulders a bit because to be honest, you know plaque is bad but you don’t really know much more, we remind you: This is a very common response! Of course, you have grown up knowing that you should be practicing dental care with us and dental hygiene at home and that it all has something to do with plaque, cavities, and more. However, as for the details about plaque itself, well … it may remain a mystery. Let’s help connect some of the dots for you, so your experience with maintaining a healthy smile becomes much more logical and much easier!

It Can Build Up

Plaque can build up. It can accumulate. This is why we suggest you brush your teeth and floss them. It’s also why we suggest you come in for dental cleanings. You may ask yourself, why does it matter if plaque accumulates? It will make your teeth feel a little yucky, of course, but is it really a big deal? Here’s what you need to remember: Plaque is full of bacteria. It’s a very sticky substance. It also saturates your teeth daily. When you let it accumulate, you expose every tissue in your mouth to that bacteria, which is known for its ability to cause tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and more. So, you really want to get rid of it on a consistent basis (with the aforementioned preventive care, including dental hygiene and visits).

It Can Harden Quickly

Here’s something you might not know about plaque and that is extremely important. It hardens very quickly, often within only 24 hours to 48 hours. Within this time it turns into something known as tartar or calculus. This is not like plaque, which is sticky yet soft enough to brush and floss away. Instead, it’s hard as can be. However, it is still full of bacteria. The result? With tartar, you’ll have a bacteria-filled substance in contact with your vulnerable tissues only you won’t be able to remove it (until you see us, as we can remove it during cleanings). Your chance of oral health problems goes dramatically on the rise!

We Can Help With Plaque-Related Concerns

We are here to help. Whether you need restorative care or simply feel ready to get serious about prevention with us (and need dental hygiene advice), come on in!

Fight Plaque With Our Help

When you know that you need to brush up on your knowledge regarding cleansing your smile of plaque and preventing plaque-related problems, we are always here to help and provide dental care! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.