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Are you suffering from oral health letdowns? Do you do enough to keep your smile clean and clear of bacteria? If not, a thin layer of bacteria and debris will begin to develop on your teeth known as plaque. If left untreated, plaque buildup can increase your risk for numerous oral health ailments.

Plaque buildup is often responsible for cavities and gum disease. If the thin layer of plaque in your mouth comes into contact with sugars, it can transform the sugars into harmful acids responsible for dental erosion, which will lead to cavities. Furthermore, plaque buildup can cause infections in your gums leading to gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease will result in permanent tooth loss.

Treating plaque buildup is easier than you think. Implementing effective oral healthcare techniques including brushing twice daily and flossing once daily are highly effective at removing plaque. In addition, regular checkups at your dentist and bi-annual professional cleanings are designed to remove plaque from your mouth. If plaque is not removed in time, it can harden and turn into what is known as tartar. Unfortunately, tartar is nearly impossible for patients to remove by themselves, and requires the assistance of a dentist.

For any additional questions or concerns about plaque and tartar, Stephen Woodard is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Stephen Woodard and our team at our dentist office in Spokane Valley, Washington, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 509-924-8585. We will get you the smile you’ve always wanted!