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What Exactly Is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky biofilm that adheres to teeth. It’s primarily made up of bacteria. If plaque is allowed to stay on your teeth, it will harden into tartar and begin to eat away at the enamel, causing dental caries or cavities. You can remove plaque with a toothbrush and floss, but you’ll need to see your dentist to get rid of tartar, as this substance is much harder.

You can learn more about plaque when you watch this video clip. It explains that various bacteria specialize in different functions. Some bacteria are exceptionally good at sticking to the teeth, while other types specialize in dissolving the tooth enamel. You’ll also learn why dentists fill in more cavities on the back teeth compared to the front, and how poor dental care can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss.

Residents near Hazlet can get a professional teeth cleaning at Glenwood Premier Dental. Call (732) 847-4408 today to schedule an appointment.