I’m sure you’re aware of the damaging dental duo Dental Plaque and Tartar. Do you think they are one and the same? Then think again. In reality, plaque is the forerunner to tartar. It “paves the way” for its partner in crime against teeth. Plaque is the sticky film that is made up of saliva and bacteria. This colorless, soft material collects daily around the gum line. Fun, right? Wrong. Plaque doesn’t take long t form – only 8 hours. Plaque is highly acidic and left on your teeth it can break through the tooth enamel and cause cavities. It also irritates gums and can lead to gingivitis.
Plaque might be colorless but tartar is not. It’s a nasty yellow or brown hard substance you can see around the gum line. Tartar is hard and porous and bacteria love to hide out in it, which can put your teeth and gums at risk for both infection and decay.
But there is hope – as plaque and tartar are match for good oral hygiene. The good news is that consistent brushing, flossing and regular trips to our dentist office will keep your teeth safe from this perilous pair. Contact us for an appointment!