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Have you ever heard that plaque is bad for your teeth? Did you know that you should try to prevent tartar? While avoiding plaque buildup and tartar is important, have you ever been told why? Similarly, have you been told what plaque and tartar could do to your pearly whites?

Plaque is actually a filmy substance that can stick to your pearly whites. Sadly, plaque actually forms from food particles that are left on your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed, it can eventually damage the outer layer of your teeth and could eventually cause cavities.

Fortunately, removing plaque from home is actually fairly easy. Usually, brushing and flossing are enough, though we also recommend visiting our team regularly for routine cleanings. Sadly, if you don’t remove plaque within 24 hours, it can harden into tartar, which you won’t be able to remove on your own.

If you don’t remove tartar or plaque, your gums could be irritated—which could ultimately lead to gum disease. While cleaning your teeth can help you prevent gum disease, did you know that a deep cleaning could also help you with the issue? We may also recommend a fluoride treatment, which will help you keep your teeth strong.

If you’re interested in learning more about avoiding plaque buildup or gum disease in Bryan, Texas, please feel free to give MajorSmiles a call at 979-776-6600. Our dentist, Dr. Chuck Majors, and the rest of our team will gladly answer any of your questions and inspect your teeth for signs of trouble. We look forward to meeting with you soon!