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Did you know that plaque build-up is one of the greatest risks to your oral health? Plaque build-up is a sticky film that covers your teeth with a thin layer of food particles, debris and bacteria. The bacteria in plaque is known to convert substances such as sugars and starches into harmful acids which contribute to dental erosion.

Eliminating plaque is essential for optimum oral health care. To do so, always make sure you’re cleaning your mouth effectively and visiting your dentist as needed. However, if plaque is left untreated, it will harden into a product known as tartar. Tartar cannot be easily removed with traditional oral health care tactics and will need to be dealt with by a professional instead.

Plaque is linked to several oral health ailments including damage to your teeth and gums. An early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis can easily arise due to plaque buildup. Aside from the damage you can do to your gums, dental plaque is a known risk factor for cavities, dental erosion, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

For additional assistance with plaque prevention, Dr. Jeff Tufarolo and our team are here to protect your smile. If you would like to set up an appointment to stop by the dentist office of Jeff Tufarolo, DDS, PS in Everett, Washington, please call 425-258-2834 to speak with a member of our caring team!