It is important that patients take good care of their smile each and every day to avoid the development of cavities and periodontal disease. But did you also know that good oral health habits can keep other problems at bay, including the development of plaque and tartar? Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that can develop on the teeth. It is full of bacteria that can contribute to the formation of cavities and periodontal disease. Plaque is easily addressed each day by brushing and flossing the teeth after every meal, but if it is left on the s mile, it can harden and become tartar, or “calculus.” This is the calcification of plaque that attaches itself to the natural tooth enamel and sometimes even below the gum line.
Is plaque and tartar visible?
Plaque is always developing in the mouth because bacteria is always growing. However, it is not always easy to see. This is why Dr. Chong Lee of Galleria Dental Associates encourages patients to brush and floss their teeth regularly to keep this film from forming in the first place. Tartar is often visible mineral buildup that can occur, and can be removed by the dentist or dental hygienist during professional cleanings in the office every six months.
What causes plaque and tartar to form?
The primary reason these problems surface is due to poor oral health habits. What we eat and drink remains on our teeth long after we have finished, and this bacteria can grow in the moist environment of the mouth. If we do not remove this film from the smile, it can become hard and build up, contributing to disease and infection.
Are you due for an evaluation?
If you live in the area of McLean, VA and are ready to work with the dental team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics, Dr. Chong Lee encourages you to book a consultation visit and initial examination with him by calling the front office at (703) 448-1020. Our facility, located at 1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite #120, is available to assist patients with a wide range of dental services, including general and preventative dentistry.