Oral Health Viewpoint: Plaque Buildup

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One of the biggest risk factors for our oral health is due to plaque. Plaque is a thin layer of bacteria and debris that can collect on your tooth enamel. Although you may think that it wouldn’t be able to do significant damage, you would be wrong. This is because it can easily erode your tooth enamel and even destroy your gums.

Plaque buildup is a known risk factor for gum disease. Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, occurs when there is an infection within your gum tissues. Tell help lower your risk for gum disease, eliminate debris such as plaque from your mouth. You can accomplish this by always brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning.

Plaque build-up is often linked to other issues within your mouth as well. If plaque is allowed to harden, it will turn into tartar, which can greatly increase your risk for other issues and be difficult to remove. Cavities, tooth loss, severe dental erosion, gingivitis, and several other oral health conditions are associated with plaque buildup.

Are you suffering from issues associated with plaque buildup? If you would like to visit with Dr. Claudia J. Trujillo and our team at My Fresno Family Dentist for a comprehensive examination and cleaning, please call 559-432-2975 to set up an appointment at our dentist office in Fresno, California.