Why Worry About Plaque?

We tell you quite frequently that it’s of the utmost importance you remove plaque from your smile. If it were not for plaque, your twice daily brushing and your flossing would not be quite so significant. However, it’s there, coating your smile all day every day and you consistently remove it for very good reasons. Since being aware and informed of these reasons will help you maintain your motivation to continue your dental hygiene and oral health care, we are happy to explain further.

Plaque Is Full Of Bacteria

To begin, let’s remember that plaque is filled with bacteria. Unfortunately, this sticky film coats your teeth every day. As you can imagine, what comes of bad bacteria resting on tooth surfaces, eating carbs and sugars, and releasing acids (which is what these bacteria do in your mouth) isn’t good for your oral health. When you remove it as we suggest, you avoid consequences. When you leave it to settle, consequences are likely to arrive.

Plaque Leads To Problems

As mentioned, the bacteria in plaque release acids. They also release odors. Here are the problems you are up against as a result:

  • When you don’t brush and floss, bad breath is a sure thing
  • When plaque remains on your smile, the acids soften enamel, leading to decay
  • Acids irritate gum tissue and bacteria eventually cause gingivitis, which may become periodontal disease

Plaque Hardens

Plaque remains soft enough for your removal for just under 24 hours or so. After that, it turns into a hardened material we call tartar. It’s not going to budge from brushing or flossing. We’ll get it off with professional cleanings. Unfortunately, until your next cleaning once tartar forms, your smile becomes more vulnerable to the aforementioned oral health concerns.

Protect Your Smile From Plaque With Cleanings

In addition to your cleaning efforts at home, don’t forget that plaque and tartar removal in the form of professional dental cleanings is essential, as well. 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.