Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you are with dental hygiene. That’s why it is so important to see us at Harris Dental in the Phoenix area twice a year..
The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to remove with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it starts to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)
This bacteria will feed on sugars and 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.
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