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What is Plaque?

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Plaque is a dangerous form of buildup that occurs throughout the body. As it accumulates it prevents proper functioning of certain areas of the body and leaves certain aspects of your health extremely vulnerable. Dental plaque is a soft, sticky, white substance that develops on the teeth each day. Millions of bacteria call your mouth their home, and they react to the foods and beverages that you consume on a daily basis, creating a constant assault on your teeth.

As the bacteria inside your mouth react to the foods and beverages that you consume (i.e. meals, snacks, sodas, candy, breath mints, cups of coffee, glasses of wine, etc.), they begin creating harmful acids. Bacteria thrive off of the sugars left behind in your mouth. As these bacteria congregate around particles inside your mouth, they begin producing acids to assist them in breaking these particles down. All types of acids are dangerous because they are corrosive. The acids that are produced inside your mouth compromise the integrity of your oral health because of the damage that they promote to your teeth and gum tissues.

As plaque develops throughout the day, the teeth are being constantly attacked by acids. Cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay are all direct results of plaque buildup that is allowed to remain on the teeth. The acids in dental plaque are constantly at work trying to eat their way through whatever is in their path. Running your tongue over your teeth late in the day will allow you to feel just how much plaque can develop in a single day – that “fuzzy” film you feel, that is plaque. Removing that film of plaque is the most important factor in regards to your oral health, and it is easy to do.

Dental floss is the only tool specifically designed to remove plaque from the teeth. It was designed specifically to slide beneath plaque in order to scrape it away from the teeth. It is also the only tool that is able to reach between the tight spaces between the teeth in order to clean those areas. Your toothbrush is incapable of doing this, so if you are relying solely upon brushing your teeth for your oral health, then you are neglecting an entire area. If plaque is not removed on a regular basis with dental floss, it will harden into a calcified mineral deposit called tartar. The only way to remove tartar is by your dentist scraping it off with special tools.

At Brentwood Dental Group, we want to encourage everyone to make dental flossing a regular habit. If you are someone who hates the sounds and feelings of having your teeth scraped at the dentist’s office, then floss should be your best friend.

Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group