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A common tagline in advertising any dental product is that it’s effective at fighting plaque. But a lot of people don’t understand the importance of eliminating plaque from their smile, or what plaque even is.

To help you understand plaque and the potential oral health dangers it presents, our team here at Jefferson Dental Health PC in Watertown, New York, put this article together.

What is plaque?

Plaque is the buildup of food and drink residue on the surface of your teeth, and it’s a breeding ground for bacteria. Throughout your day, everything you eat or drink – even healthy foods – will generate some amount of plaque. That’s why it’s important to brush twice a day – to remove plaque from your teeth.

Why is it bad?

Plaque is a bacteria breeding ground, and if left on your teeth for longer than absolutely necessary it can begin to harden. When this happens, it’s referred to as tartar, and you can’t remove that at home. Tartar will eventually cause gingivitis and other gum disease related problems if it’s not treated.

So in short, the deal with plaque is that if you leave it on your teeth, you open them up to the possibility of contracting gingivitis or more serious gum disease problems, as well as cavities and severe tooth decay.

As you can see, getting rid of plaque should always be a big priority. Doing so ensures your mouth stays as healthy as possible.