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Each day, even though you may not notice it, the surfaces of your teeth are covered with dental plaque, which is a white or yellow film that sticks to your teeth and harms your smile. Many don’t think much of this substance, but the truth is: if you don’t quickly remove it from your smile, it could cause major dental problems and it can eventually destroy your smile.

What causes dental plaque?
Plaque forms when the carbohydrates in food are frequently left on your pearly whites. These foods feed the bacteria in your mouth, which causes plaque development and tooth decay. Over time, the acids destroy the tooth enamel and the plaque moves down into the roots of your teeth and into the pockets of your gums. If the plaque is left untreated, you will become a victim of gum disease and you will eventually lose your teeth.

How can I prevent plaque buildup?
There are many things you can do to prevent plaque buildup, including:

· Brush your teeth twice a day
· Floss between your teeth once a day
· Rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash daily
· Eat a balanced diet
· Consider dental sealants

Now, even though these things will help you each day, they won’t completely remove the plaque from your smile. The only treatment that will do so is a professional dental cleaning. So, make sure you keep up with your cleanings by visiting your dentist every six months.

Now that you know all about plaque and plaque prevention, you’re prepared to care for your smile! We want you to have the best oral health possible, and if you use the mentioned tips, you will be on the right track toward a strong and healthy smile. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more, please feel free to call Vernon Woods Dental Care Associates today by dialing 404-692-7913 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Tantuco. We look forward to helping you!