What is dental plaque and how can I get rid of it?
- Posted on: May 15 2022
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give dental plaque a second thought. But if you don’t take care of it, plaque can lead to all sorts of dental health problems. Dr. Paul Covell of Pasadena, TX will discuss with patients what dental plaque is, how to get rid of it, and the treatment options available to those who have it. By following our dentist’s recommendations, you can keep your teeth healthy and sparkling!
What is dental plaque and how can it be removed?
Dental plaque is best described as a sticky film that forms on teeth, and it’s made up of bacteria, saliva, and food particles. If plaque isn’t taken care of regularly through brushing and flossing, it can harden into what is called tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional, so it’s vital to take care of plaque before it becomes a problem.
How can I get rid of dental plaque?
The best way to get rid of dental plaque is through brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist. This can reduce the risk of developing it and allowing it to harden. Be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. You may also want to use an antibacterial mouthwash to help kill the bacteria in your mouth. If you have trouble reaching all the areas of your mouth, consider using dental flossers or an interdental brush.
What are the treatment options for dental plaque?
If you have dental plaque and it has yet to become tartar, Dr. Paul Covell may recommend a professional cleaning. This will remove all the built-up plaque and bacteria from your teeth. If you already have tartar, your dental hygienist may need to remove it with special tools. In some cases, antibiotics may also be prescribed to kill the bacteria in your mouth. By taking care of dental plaque now, you can prevent more serious dental problems down the road!
Learn more about caring for your smile!
Dr. Paul Covell is happy to answer any questions you have about dental plaque and how to get rid of it! Contact our office today by calling (713) 943-9832 and booking an appointment at our clinic, conveniently located in Pasadena, TX at 4010 Vista Road.