Have you ever heard of plaque before? Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria and food particles that covers your teeth to promote further dental damage. This is because plaque can release acids after eating sugar and other harmful substances that will repeatedly attack your tooth enamel and wear down your teeth, thus making them more susceptible to further dental damage.
Numerous oral health failures can arise due to plaque. Because plaque lives on your tooth enamel, it can slowly wear the enamel away and must be dealt with at all times. If it’s left untreated, it can cause tooth loss. Plaque is also one of the leading causes of cavities. Plaque is also known to cause other oral health ailments such as gum disease.
Due to the oral health risks of plaque, it is important to always make sure that you keep your mouth clean whenever possible. Furthermore, plaque will eventually harden into tartar if it is not treated. Tartar can be very difficult to remove without the assistance of a dentist.
For a professional cleaning to help eliminate plaque or tartar, contact Bee Family Dentistry. Dr. Catherine Boenitz and our team at our dentist office in San Antonio, Texas, you can give us a call at 210-690-9430.