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If you’ve ever visited a dentist, you’ve probably been told that you should brush and floss your teeth if you’d like to enjoy a healthy smile. However, do you know why brushing and flossing are so important? One important reason is to avoid plaque buildup.

In reality, it’s important to remove as much plaque and bacteria as possible. Please don’t misunderstand: no matter what you do, you won’t be able to stop plaque from forming. Fortunately, you can remove plaque before it can damage the outer layer of your teeth.

If you don’t remove plaque quickly enough, it could harden into tartar. Sadly, even though you can remove plaque with toothbrush and floss, you won’t be able to remove tartar without professional help. In fact, if you try to remove tartar at home, you might actually hurt your gums and your teeth. Sadly, plaque and tartar can also irritate your gums, which could ultimately lead to gum disease.

Often, you may be able to treat gum disease simply by brushing well. More severe gum disease may need to be addressed with a deeper cleaning. We may also offer a fluoride treatment, which can strengthen your teeth and help you avoid these problems like gum disease and tooth decay.

Do you have more questions about how you can avoid plaque buildup in Round Lake Beach, Illinois? Are you hoping to set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal? If so, please don’t hesitate to give DM Family Dentistry a call at 847-740-8827. We look forward to hearing from you soon!