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 plaque is not generally noticeable, unless you have not brushed your teeth for a long amount of time. At this point, the teeth feel fuzzy and dirty and you can scrape some plaque off your smile with the tip of your fingernail.

What causes dental plaque?
Plaque forms when eating foods that contain carbohydrates, like candy, sweets, raisins, and cakes. When you eat these foods, the particles remain on the surfaces of your teeth for a long period of time, feeding the bacteria that reside in your mouth. Acid is then produced and over a period of time, that acid destroys the tooth enamel and creates tooth decay. The plaque can also move down into the roots of your teeth and can live in the pockets of the gums. If this happens, you are a victim of gum disease and there is a high chance that you may lose your chompers.

How can I prevent plaque buildup?
There are many things you can do each day to prevent the formation and development of plaque. Some of those things are: brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash daily. Now, even though these techniques are very beneficial, they won’t remove 100 percent of the plaque on your smile. To completely remove the plaque, you will need to get your teeth professionally cleaned at our office. Because these cleanings are the only way to completely free your smile from plaque, it is vital that you receive a cleaning every six months.

Now that you know all about dental plaque, it’s time to do your best to take care of your smile by brushing, flossing, and rinsing each day and by visiting your dentist every six months.

If you have any questions or if you need additional help, please call West Jordan Dental Office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Powell.