What You Need To Know About Plaque

Dental plaque can be extremely dangerous if not cared for. Many people may have heard the term used here and there by their dentists, but they may not pay it the attention it needs. It’s easy for people to not worry too much about dental plaque because it isn’t that visible to the eye.

Today we will discuss what everyone should know about dental plaque. We will address what plaque is, what the dangers are, and how to avoid it.

Dental plaque

Plaque is known to be a sticky substance that forms on the teeth, but that isn’t necessarily visible to the human eye. It’s a germ-heavy substance that is constantly forming on the surface of the teeth from a build-up of leftover food particles or bacteria that wasn’t brushed away.

Although frequent brushing and flossing can control plaque, it will never go away for good. Regular cleaning of the teeth will ensure that the plaque doesn’t build up over time. While there will always be plaque present on the teeth, the key is to maintain it through a good oral hygiene routine.

The dangers

If plaque is left on the teeth for too long, then it will begin to start presenting other dangers. If plaque isn’t cleaned off of the teeth, then is likely that tartar will begin to form. Tartar is a hardened substance that results from plaque build-up. Tartar can then lead to gingivitis which is an oral infection that has an effect on the entire mouth.


This oral infecting disease is known to present a lot of harm to the entire mouth as a whole. The gums become red and swollen while also producing a foul smell of breath. The teeth are then prone to further damage such as decay or erosion. To avoid gingivitis, be sure to brush the teeth and floss each day. Visiting the dentist regularly will also ensure that proper check-ups and cleanings are done for the teeth.

Preventative measures

While some have stated already, it’s important that a person maintains the best possible oral care routine that they can to avoid plaque from causing harm to the entire mouth. This includes brushing regularly to ensure that plaque is maintained while also flossing daily to ensure that leftover food particles aren’t building up on or between teeth. A daily mouthwash being incorporated into the dental routine is also very beneficial because the chemicals will aid in washing away the germs and bacteria within the plaque.

Visit the dentist regularly so he or she can check the teeth for any signs of plaque build-up. They can also cleanse the teeth with professional-grade equipment which will also wipe the plaque away.

If you still have questions about plaque and how it can harm the teeth, then give us a call today. We’re happy to help in any way that we can!

Request an appointment here: https://www.erikwinndds.com or call Dental Sedation and Implant Center at (805) 920-2133 for an appointment in our Santa Barbara office.

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