Plaque: 3 Places It’s Hiding

Where is plaque hiding? Do you know? What you probably know for certain at this point is that plaque coats your smile. It does this every day, which is why you need to brush and floss every day to remove this bacteria-rich film that can lead to all manner of frustrating oral health problems for your smile (like decay and gum inflammation). The good news here is that it’s not too difficult to complete a very thorough smile cleansing! The bad news is that if you’re unaware of some of plaque’s hiding places, you may accidentally overlook them. Don’t worry, we can help you out!

#1: In Those Little Molar Grooves And Dips

While you’re brushing your teeth, it’s important to realize that you need to brush every surface of every tooth in your smile that you can reach. You’ve probably heard this before but in this case, we’d like to remind you that your chewing surfaces are very important. You don’t want to overlook this area because your molars in particular are filled with the tiny grooves, dips, and crevices in which plaque can easily hide.

#2: Beneath Your Gumline

To prevent oral health problems that surprise you, remember that it’s very important to remember plaque hides along your gumline (and just beneath your gum tissue), too. This is bad for your dental health and for your gum health! When you miss it with your brushing and flossing, gingivitis is likely to occur.

#3: On Your Tongue

Did you know plaque hitches a ride on your tongue, too? Yep. Brush your tongue (or use a tongue scraper), so you’re keeping your mouth as clean as can be and your oral health in exceptional condition.

Remove Plaque For A Healthy Smile

Remember to remove plaque from your entire smile every day with brushing and flossing, so issues like gum disease and decay don’t affect your smile. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.