What is Plaque?

Apr 5, 2013

Plaque is a sticky, colorless bacterial deposit that almost constantly forms on teeth. It collects primarily between where your teeth and gums meet.

It uses sugars to produce acid that attacks your enamel. Over time these acid attacks result in your tooth enamel breaking down and cavities forming. Plaque also produces types of toxins that can irritate your gums and contribute to gingivitis and periodontal disease, which attack the gum and bone surrounding your teeth.

If plaque is left on teeth, it can calcify into tartar (calculus). Once plaque has hardened into tartar, it can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.

You can take simple preventative steps to stop plaque from collecting on your teeth. Follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation and be sure to floss once a day while also brushing twice a day. Brush using fluoride toothpaste, some of which also comes with preventative tartar control.

If you’re worried about plaque, come in for a teeth cleaning to prevent future cavities and have any current plaque removed from those hard-to-reach spots. Contact Noble Smile today to make your appointment. Dr. Jahangiri proudly serves the Katy, Fulshear and Richmond areas.