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What Is Plaque?

BrushingYou’ve probably heard Dr. Schlossberg or Dr. Klotz talk about plaque before, but do you know what plaque actually is?

Plaque is a soft, sticky film made up of millions of bacteria. With time, it can build up on teeth and around the gum line, causing both gum disease and cavities—two very common oral health problems.

To protect your smile, Dr. Schlossberg and Dr. Klotz recommend brushing at least twice a day, or after every meal if you can. We also recommend flossing, as it will help you remove the food particles that promote the growth of bacteria and plaque. Meanwhile, an antibacterial mouthwash will help you kill plaque-causing bacteria.

As thorough as a routine like this is it can be difficult to remove all traces of plaque. That’s why regular checkups with Bethesda Sedation Dentistry are important. Your hygienist will work hard to remove plaque, bacteria, and staining during your bi-annual cleanings, while Dr. Schlossberg and Dr. Klotz will look for issues like gum disease and cavities.

Do you still have questions about what plaque is and how you can keep it from damaging your oral health? Call Bethesda Sedation Dentistry today for an appointment. Our team would be happy to answer your questions and offer you extra tips for caring for your teeth and gums.

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