What is plaque?

We often hear our dentists warn us that plaque has built up on our teeth, but not many of us know what plaque is and how it can affect our oral hygiene. Plaque is a layer of bacteria and other harmful materials that stick to our teeth after eating. Sugary foods are a main source of plaque since sugar naturally causes acids to form in our mouth and damage our enamel. The build-up of the sticky substance can cause a number of health problems that may require dental treatment.

When plaque accumulates on the teeth, it can produce irritating substances that causes gums to become red, sensitive, and bleed. If plaque causes gum disease, teeth may become loose or need to be removed.

Preventing and removing plaque in the early stages of accumulation is easy. By taking care of your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing every day, you can significantly decrease the amount of plaque buildup on your teeth. Additionally, regular check-ups with your dentist can go a long way toward promoting dental health.

Call Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. at (512) 259-3365 today to keep your smile healthy.