Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. That’s why regular cleanings and checkups at OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City are so essential to good dental health.
The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)
This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.
The best way to stay on top of plaque is to brush and floss your teeth twice each day. It’s also important to see us at OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City for regular cleanings and checkups. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!