- Category: General Dentistry
Dental Plaque and Oral Health
Plaque that is allowed to remain on the teeth will harden in 48 hours, turning into calcified tartar which may only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist safely during your scheduled dental cleaning. Plaque and tartar must be kept at bay to prevent the formation of tooth decay and cavities which if not treated will develop into more serious oral health problems requiring root canal, dental crowns extractions etc. Plaque and tartar left untreated will also develop into gingivitis and periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss.
Let’s talk about plaque and tartar, and what roles they play in the development of serious oral health issues. Plaque is a colorless biofilm that collects on the surfaces of the teeth and along the gum line. Plaque is very soft and can easily be removed with daily brushing to prevent it from hardening. Plaque hardens within just 48 hours after which, it is hardened and transformed into calcified tartar which is difficult to remove.
Plaque may seem trivial at first, but the toxins released from the collection of bacteria within its colonies will trigger the painful inflammation reaction in the gingival tissue that causes gingivitis and periodontal disease. This is why brushing and flossing is so important. The surfaces and in between areas on the teeth must be maintained regularly to ensure a healthy mouth and smile. However, there are areas within your mouth that are impossible for you to see which require the help and expertise of a professional dentist.