Get The Facts On How Plaque Hurts Your Smile

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In the quest to achieve and maintain a beautiful smile, plaque is your number one enemy. When plaque is allowed to run rampant in your mouth, it will cause all kinds of problems both in the long and short term.

So our Las Vegas dentist is here to help you understand what plaque does, how it forms, and the things that you can do to minimize its detrimental effects. Keep reading to get more information!

What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky substance—saliva mixed with oral bacteria—that coats your mouth throughout the day. When plaque adheres to your dental enamel and gum tissue it remains somewhat viscous for a day or two. However, if the plaque is not cleared away in that period of time, it hardens and calcifies onto the enamel (this is called tartar).

How can plaque harm my smile?

Because plaque contains oral bacteria, your teeth and gum tissues are susceptible to deterioration when plaque takes hold. Oral bacteria hang out in your mouth and feed on sugars and carbohydrates—this is what allows them to grow and multiply. When bacteria proliferate, they release acids. These acids weaken enamel and erode gum tissue—causing dental cavities as well as gum disease.

What can I do?

There is no way to completely stop plaque from developing. But by cleaning your mouth a recommended by your dentist, drinking plenty of water (to stimulate saliva production), and minimizing sugary and processed foods, you can make it more difficult for plaque to thrive.

As always our Las Vegas dentist office is here to help you maintain your smile and achieve oral health. So please don’t hesitate to call our dental team if you have any questions, or you would like additional information about specific dental treatments. We look forward to hearing from you!

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