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All about dental plaque

May 01, 2022
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Plaque forms on everyone’s teeth. When germs in the mouth come into contact with sweet or starchy meals, a sticky coating forms on the teeth. Plaque can be removed or maintained by flossing and brushing your teeth. If you ignore plaque, and it turns into tartar, this may become a problem.

Difference Between Plaque and Tartar

Many people confuse the terms plaque and tartar. In terms of bacteria build-up, the terms can be used interchangeably. Plaque is a sticky substance or film that forms around your teeth and can be removed with brushing and flossing. However, if left unattended for an extended time, it will turn into tartar, a hard mineralized substance.

The 101 On Dental Plaque

Plaque is a colorless or pale yellow bacterial deposit that occurs on your teeth regularly. It is a build-up that forms when saliva, food, and fluids come into contact with the teeth and gums.

The plaque includes acids that eat away at the enamel of your teeth and can cause gum disease. The harm could be irreversible if it is not treated. When plaque builds up and isn’t cleaned, it hardens, trapping stains and eventually converting into tartar.

Plaque accumulation can also cause gum disease, which manifests as sore, swollen, and bleeding gums. Periodontal (gum) disease can progress to a severe state over time. Gum tissue peels away from the teeth, causing germs to eat away at the supporting bone.

Treatments of Dental Plaque

You can remove plaque with the help of the following treatments.

Oral hygiene habits

Your dental hygiene routines are the most effective at keeping plaque at bay. Properly brushing, flossing, and rinsing your teeth will prevent germs from getting out of control and creating plaque. It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day. You can take it one step further and be sure to rinse or brush after a meal.

Regular Dental Visits

During regular dental checkups, your dentist or dental hygienist uses equipment to locate and remove plaque. Cavities may develop as a result of plaque. To check for cavities, your dentist may suggest dental X-rays or scans.

Oral health evaluation

To detect problems such as tooth decay, oral cancer, and impacted wisdom teeth before they become life-threatening. Our experienced dental team will take digital x-rays and images of your teeth. Our dentist will further use these photos to monitor changes in your mouth’s alignment, movement, and overall health.

If our dentist notices something unusual, they will discuss a gum disease treatment with you. They will also assist you in choosing oral care products and other solutions that suit you best.

Professional dental cleaning

We’ll probably perform scaling and root planing if you have minor or significant plaque or tartar build-up. Or more comprehensive teeth cleaning, in addition to routine cleaning. This process will eliminate any accumulated plaque and improve your oral health.

Scaling and root planning; is a specialized gum disease treatment that eliminates calculus deposits and bacterial deposits beneath the gum line. It’s commonly done with a hand scaler and an ultrasonic cleaning, which separates the calculus from the teeth with high-frequency vibrations. This technique can often stop the spread of periodontics by removing deposits and bacteria.

Flossing and Polishing: Our dentists will clean your teeth of any plaque and look for periodontics or dental decay symptoms during your biannual visit. A polishing treatment will be included to give you a sparkling smile.

Getting rid of tartar and plaque can help you avoid severe dental and other health problems. Regularly brushing your teeth can help to prevent plaque build-up. However, if it worsens each day, you should see a dentist for gum disease treatment. Contact our clinic for more information on plaque and oral care treatments!

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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