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My Dentist Said I Have A Lot Of Plaque

Posted on 8/17/2016 by Dr. Jay
An elderly woman receiving a dental cleaning to remove plaque buildup.Excess plaque can be a problem. If allowed to settle, plaque can lead to decay, infection, pain, diseased pulp, root canals and even bone issues. If your dentist expressed seeing a lot of plaque, this is an issue you want to take care of.

How do I remove Plaque?

Removing plaque is not a single time action, it is a daily action. Plaque is a constantly occurring biofilm made up of saliva and food particles that are in our mouth.

It is filled with decay causing bacteria that will damage your teeth. To remove it, you must brush at least twice a day and floss every night before bedtime. If you do not brush it away, plaque will remain on your teeth and dry hard. Hardened, it is very difficult to remove, and will work to attack your teeth.

When brushing, be sure to angle your brush toward your teeth and along the gum line, which is where plaque loves to settle. Be conscious of your brushing and the removal of plaque. You may even want to investigate your teeth, looking for the soft white material.

What's more, be conscious of brushing your back molars. Get into those nooks and crannies of your molars, there are several spots that plaque can hide. These are the spots that decay can secretly happen, and you may not know it until you are in pain.

Flossing your teeth is equally important. Flossing removes plaque buildup around the edge of a tooth. When flossing, form your floss into a letter "c" shape, you want to scoop the plaque out, an up and down motion may not accomplish this.

Removing plaque will keep your teeth healthy, and prevent cavities. If plaque continues to be an issue, contact our office about dental sealants, especially for your children.
About Dr. Barakat
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, Dr. Barakat is recognized as one of the top implant dentists in the United States. He is 1 of 7 Board Certified Implantologists in the state of Virginia and 1 of 4 Virginian dentists who specializes in The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession.
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