Why do we develop plaque?

Most adults understand that dental plaque is bad, but many do not know why. What is plaque? Why is it bad? How can we keep plaque from forming? What can we do to address it once it has developed? These are all very valid questions that can be answered by our Mesa, AZ area providers at Drs of Smiles!

What is plaque?

In the mouth, there is a plethora of naturally-occurring bacteria. Not all bacteria leads to periodontal disease. Instead, the bacteria combines with food particles and saliva to create the sticky film known as plaque. Plaque is a biofilm that can remain on the teeth until patients brush or floss.

Why is plaque bad?

Plaque that develops and is not sufficiently addressed can contribute to tooth decay and the formation of periodontal disease. This is what makes it a serious concern for patients who are not properly caring for their smiles. Brushing after every meal will ensure that plaque does not develop and help in protecting the health of the smile.

What can be done about plaque?

Brushing and flossing is the best defense against plaque. The key is to avoid leaving it on the surfaces of the teeth and gums as it can harden and become a more serious issue that needs to be resolved with a dentist. It can contribute to decay and periodontal disease, which is why it is important for patients to be aware of changes in their smile and call their dentist if there are concerns. Routine visits to the dentist every six months can help our dental team catch problems early enough for successful intervention, allowing patients to maintain their oral health longer.

Discuss your dental needs with the team at Dr of Smiles!

If you reside in the Mesa, AZ community or the surrounding areas, we encourage you to book an appointment with our facility. Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro can assist with a wide range of concerns, including general dentistry. Call (480) 834-6991 to book a consultation visit with our team, located at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Suite #1. We are here to help with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry procedures with our experienced dental providers!

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