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Brushing and flossing your teeth is very important especially if you’d like to keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you fail to keep up on cleaning your teeth and removing excess food particles, plaque will build up and damage your teeth. Do you know what plaque actually is or what does to your teeth?

You see, plaque is a filmy substance that you might feel sticking to your teeth. When you eat, food particles are left on your teeth.This allows bacteria to multiply, which will then create plaque. Sadly, plaque can erode and damage your enamel, which may eventually lead to cavities.

Fortunately, plaque is easy to remove with simple brushing and flossing. However, if plaque is left on your teeth for too long, it can turn into calculus, which is often known as tartar. Plaque can be removed by a toothbrush, but tartar cannot. In fact, if you try to remove tartar at home, you could damage your gums and your teeth. The only way to safely remove this substance is by getting a cleaning from a dental professional. This is important because plaque and tartar will irritate your teeth and gums, causing gum disease.

Luckily, a professional cleaning by our hygienist is often enough to reverse gingivitis. Often, we’ll be able to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and your gums. We can then give you a fluoride treatment, which will strengthen and protect your teeth, helping you avoid issues like tooth decay and enamel erosion.

Getting rid of all the bacteria in your mouth is impossible and you can’t stop plaque from forming no matter how hard you try. Fortunately, you can prevent both plaque buildup and tartar by brushing and flossing on a daily basis. If you’re interested in learning more about plaques effect on your teeth in Tulare, California, please feel free to contact James C. Ma at 559-688-4111. Our dentist, Dr. James C. Ma, and our team are eager to receive your call.