Dental Plaque: How to Get Rid of It

Dental Plaque: How to Get Rid of It

What is dental plaque?

Dental plaque is a sticky layer that contains millions of bacteria that collect on your teeth and grow over time. The bacteria within dental plaque can cause cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease if it is not removed regularly by brushing and flossing twice a day.

Dental plaque bacteria works with sugars and starches in food to create acids that destroy the enamel of your teeth. If this happens for a long time, the enamel can wear out, causing tooth decay.

How to Eliminate Dental Plaque

Visit your dentist at least once a year for professional cleaning.

Your Van Nuys dentist will remove dental plaque and tartar clusters in ways that you will not be able to replicate at home. If your dentist finds that you have an excess in tooth plaque, you will most likely need a deeper cleaning to remove the plaque that gets stuck between the teeth and around the gums. Your Van Nuys dentist may even recommend you to schedule visits three or even four times a year.

Additional Tip

Brushing and flossing can keep dental plaque under control. But if you were to notice an incremental increase in tooth plaque, baking soda is always very useful to remove dental plaque from your teeth! However, make sure to always check with your dentist first before starting any home remedy by calling our dental office in Van Nuys at (818) 909-0200.

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