Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that forms continuously on your teeth. Within this plaque, bacteria take up residence and secrete acids that can lead to tooth decay and irritation of the gum tissue. This irritation triggers an inflammatory response from your body, which can ultimately progress to gingivitis and periodontal disease. If plaque is not consistently removed through proper tooth brushing and flossing, it hardens and transforms into calculus, also known as tartar.
Unlike plaque, calculus cannot be eliminated with a toothbrush. Only a dental professional has the tools and expertise to remove it during an oral cleaning. To effectively manage and prevent the buildup of plaque and calculus, it is crucial to adhere to a daily oral care routine. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once daily, and scheduling regular cleanings with your dental professional.
If you have concerns about plaque and calculus buildup, maintaining good oral hygiene practices, or if you are due for a dental cleaning, we encourage you to get in touch with us. You can reach us at (780) 486-0788. Our practice is conveniently located at 18250 89 Avenue NW in Edmonton, AB. We are dedicated to helping you achieve and sustain excellent oral health.