At Helotes Family Dentistry, our team spends a lot of our time fighting the buildup of plaque on teeth. From educating our patients on proper oral care habits like brushing twice daily and flossing each day to the professional cleanings we provide to keep your smile healthy, Dr. Brigman and our team want to limit plaque to protect you from tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental complications. Today, we want to take a closer look at plaque and determine if it’s ever beneficial!
What Is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky biofilm that develops on your teeth as a result of the buildup of bacteria. Bacteria are attracted to food particles – especially those containing starches and sugars that they can break down into acid. Without good oral hygiene, plaque can develop into tartar, a serious irritant that can only be removed through a professional cleaning.
What Does Plaque Actually Do?
Over time, plaque can damage your teeth. The acid produced by the bacteria in plaque can slowly wear away on enamel, leading to cavities and decay. Plaque also irritates your gums and can cause them to become swollen, red, or even to recede. To add insult to injury, plaque also makes your breath smell!
Is There Anything Beneficial About Plaque?
As you can see by now, the cards are definitely stacked against plaque when it comes to your oral health. However, there is some evidence that plaque can help develop your immune system, as your body is forced to respond to the increase in bacteria present. However, dental research shows that you are much better off if you practice a good oral hygiene routine to keep plaque from building up and developing into a more serious problem.
To ask our team any questions about plaque or to schedule your next visit, contact our office today!Contact Us