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Do you have dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwash that claim to “combat plaque”? This is an excellent characteristic for dental products, but what does it really mean? What is plaque and how does it affect your smile? We encourage you to learn more about dental plaque and its dangers to better understand the importance of protecting your teeth.

What is dental plaque?
The filmy substance that appears on your teeth after eating food and drink is dental plaque, and it is rich in harmful bacteria that can weaken your teeth. You can receive plaque each time you eat or drink, no matter how healthy the food is, and plaque stays on the teeth unless it is cleaned away. By brushing your teeth twice a day, you can protect your teeth from plaque and protect your oral health.

Can plaque harm your oral health?
Plaque introduces bacteria to your teeth that will remain until it is removed. It will eventually turn into a hardened substance known as tartar that is rich in bacteria and requires a professional dental cleaning in order to be removed. Tartar can be a cause of gingivitis, advanced gum disease, tooth decay and other oral health issues.

We encourage you to take steps every day to care for your smile and contact Always Dental Care at 484.392.7687 if you have any questions for our dentist, Dr. Truong Nguyen, regarding dental plaque in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.