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Dental plaque is a sticky film that covers your teeth and contains bacteria. It is a harmful substance that can easily destroy your smile if you let it. The scariest characteristic about this substance is that it’s not quite noticeable, unless you have not brushed your teeth for a long amount of time. However, the plaque grows on your teeth every day, and it sticks to the surfaces of your teeth, threatening the health of your smile.

What causes dental plaque?
Plaque forms on your smile when you eat or drink carbohydrates, like milk, soft drinks, candy, sugary treats, and raisins. These foods feed the bacteria that reside in your mouth, which results in the production of acids and plaque. Over time, the plaque and acids will destroy the tooth enamel and create tooth decay. The plaque can also move under the gums and onto the tooth roots, causing the breakdown of the underlying bone and resulting in the development of gum disease.

How can I prevent plaque buildup?
There are a few things you can do to prevent plaque buildup, including:

· Brush your teeth twice a day
· Floss your smile once a day
· Rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash daily
· Get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months
· Eat a balanced diet
· Consider protecting your teeth with a dental sealant

It’s very important that you do all you can to maintain the health and condition of your smile by caring for and cleaning your teeth each and every day. If you need help doing so or if you need to schedule a cleaning appointment with Dr. Doris Madrigal, call DM Family Dentistry today at 773.252.5757 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to talking with you!