The problems with dental plaque and tartar
- Posted on: Jan 15 2022
A healthy smile is a smile free from plaque, tartar, decay, and infection. While it might sound like a lot of work keeping the teeth and gums clean, it’s really all about good oral hygiene habits at home and regular visits to the dentist. Dr. Casey Patterson and his team in Simi Valley, CA work routinely with individuals who are looking to prevent problems within their smile and be proactive about maintaining their oral health and wellness. Dr. Casey Patterson educates patients on the dangers of certain problems, including plaque and tartar.
What is plaque?
Dr. Casey Patterson describes plaque as a colorless, sticky film that can build up on the teeth and around the gumline. It often has bacteria that can cause problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. When plaque is allowed to build up along the gumline due to poor brushing and flossing habits, it can harden to calculus, or tartar. This hard substance is difficult to remove from the surfaces of the teeth and gums without the help of a quality dental provider.
Why does plaque develop?
When you eat food or drink beverages, some remaining food particles may remain on the teeth and gums. This can help bacteria grow along the gumline and around the teeth, contributing to problems such as cavities and disease. Bacteria that grows in the mouth can form tartar and also contribute to infection of the smile, resulting in expensive and lengthy procedures to restore the teeth and gums. By brushing your teeth and flossing immediately after meals, you are removing the carbohydrates, sugars, and acids that may remain on the surfaces of the teeth and gums and contribute to oral health issues.
Call Casey Patterson today!
If you reside in the area of Simi Valley, CA and are interested in learning more about how to care for your smile and be proactive about preventing problems such as plaque and tartar development, now is a great time to connect with our team of professionals to learn more. The office is conveniently located at 2720 Cochran Street, Suite #2B and accepts new and returning patients who call for an appointment at (805) 584-1194.