Plaque, the Enemy of Teeth

Dental Plaque, which is microscopically small and bacterically based, forms a coating over our teeth. That film is the source of tooth decay and inflammation.

Plaque’s growth is fueled by the consumption of simple carbohydrates such as sugar. When sugar is consumed, it finds its way into the plaque, where it ferments and converts into an acid; this demineralized film results in decay.

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Frequent intake of sugar is damaging to teeth. Sugar is sticky. When fruit juice or the sugar in processed food is consumed, it coats one’s teeth, beginning the build-up of plaque. Once plaque calcifies, tartar is formed.

Once teeth are covered with plaque bacteria, easy to reach areas can be remedied with a tooth brush. Plaque cannot be removed with a mouth wash or water jet.

Plaque also coats areas that are unreachable with a toothbrush. Non-visible tarter deposits between the teeth or below the gum line require mechanical treatment. Left untreated, plaque deposits between the teeth causes “contact point decay.” Plaque below the gum line will cause root decay and Inflammation.

Left untreated, inflamed gums can result in teeth being loosened or lost.