Dental plaque can rear its ugly head in your mouth, no matter how meticulous you are with your dental hygiene. In this post from Mason Dental in Grapevine, we’ll discuss plaque and how it can go from being a nuisance to being a serious issue.
The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth. It will colonize as plaque on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)
This bacteria feeds on sugars to produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth, and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.
At Mason Dental in Grapevine, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. We encourage you to brush and floss twice each day. That way you can keep up with plaque. Inevitably some will become tartar, which is why we want to see you in for a checkup and cleaning twice a year. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!