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Plaque is a white or yellow, sticky film that covers the front surfaces of your teeth and slowly eats away at your smile. Plaque grows on your chompers every day, but it isn’t always noticeable. The only time it is generally noticeable is when you haven’t brushed your teeth for a long amount of time. At this point, your teeth may feel a bit fuzzy and dirty.

What causes dental plaque?
Plaque is created when the carbohydrates in your food are left on your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth thrive on these foods and they produce oral acids and plaque. Over time, the acids will destroy your tooth enamel and the plaque will move to the roots of your teeth and the pockets of the gums. So, plaque can do two things: create tooth decay and gum disease. If you don’t remove the plaque each day, your smile will be destroyed.

How can I prevent plaque buildup?
It’s very important that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss your smile at least once a day. These tasks will help remove the newest section of plaque that has grown onto your smile. However, brushing and flossing won’t remove all of the plaque. The only treatment that will completely remove the harmful substance is your dental cleanings, which is why it is important to visit your dentist every six months. In addition to brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist, you can also rinse your mouth daily with antibacterial mouth rinse. This rinse will reduce the amount of bacteria in your smile that causes plaque and gum disease.

For more information about plaque and plaque prevention, please call DM Family Dentistry now at 847-740-8827 and talk to a member of our caring dental team. Dr. Doris Madrigal cares for you and your smile, and she wants you to have the best health possible. So, if you need any help, please feel free to call our office at any time!