Dental Care - North Port, FL

What Is Plaque and Why Is It Harmful?

Ever wonder what the big deal is with dental treatment? While it might not seem like a big deal, getting in to see a dental professional regularly is important to the health of your teeth. This is because over time, plaque builds up in your mouth and causes all sorts of harm.

Understanding Plaque

Plaque occurs from the bacteria in your mouth which tries to help process the foods and drinks you take in each day. It likes to hang around your teeth and your gums, including the tiny spaces in between your teeth. If you fail to brush your teeth and visit the dentist, the plaque accumulates. It does not go away unless you properly clean your mouth. Even then, if you wait too long, it may calcify and hang around until you visit your dentist.

What It Does to Your Mouth

If you allow plaque to hang around in your mouth, it calcifies into tartar. This hard brown or yellow buildup cannot be removed by simple brushing and flossing. The bacteria also continues to hang around in your mouth, slowly eating away at your tooth enamel. In addition, your body thinks the plaque is an infection and starts to try to take care of it. This immune system response often causes inflammation of the gums and leads to the gums pulling away from the teeth.

See Your Dentist Regularly

It is vital that you brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily to help manage the buildup of plaque that occurs in your mouth each day. In addition to daily care, be sure to contact our office at Waterside Dental in North Port to schedule a maintenance checkup with one of our dentists every six months. This basic routine should help to prevent plaque buildup and the various harms it causes.