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Brushing and flossing are something that you should do every day if you’re interested in having a healthy mouth. If you do not have a consistent oral hygiene regimen, you should expect to experience plaque buildup that can eventually damage your teeth. Still, do you know what plaque is or what it can do to your teeth?

Plaque is a filmy, fuzzy substance that sticks to your gums and your teeth. After you eat, food particles are left on your pearly whites. This will produce bacteria, which will create an environment where plaque can grow. This plaque can cause damage to your enamel, leading to cavities.

It is usually fairly simple to remove plaque by brushing and flossing. Unfortunately, if you don’t brush and floss consistently, your plaque will harden into calculus, also known as tartar. Trying to remove this hardened plaque by yourself can damage your gums and your teeth. To safely remove tartar, you’ll need to visit our dental team. Getting tartar removed is important because plaque and tartar can and will irritate your gums, causing gum disease.

A dental cleaning can usually reverse the damage that has been caused by plaque and tartar. Our team will start by removing the plaque and tartar from your gums and your teeth and may offer you a fluoride treatment. This is to help strengthen your teeth and help you avoid issues like tooth decay.

Lastly, please remember that having bacteria in your mouth is very normal and that you can’t stop your plaque from forming. However, removing plaque daily can help you prevent plaque buildup and tartar. If you want to hear more about dealing with plaque in Chicago, Illinois, please contact DM Family Dentistry at 773.252.5757. Our dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal, and our team are eager to receive your call.