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Have you ever heard of plaque? Have you ever heard of tartar? In the world of dentistry, both should be avoided at all times. A healthy and happy smile always requires the removal of plaque build-up.

Plaque buildup consists of a thin layer of bacteria that lingers in your mouth and typically attaches itself to your teeth. Over time, plaque buildup can use sugars that are introduced into your mouth as weapons of destruction against your tooth enamel. Plaque and transform sugars into harmful acids which erode enamel and cause cavities. Furthermore, plaque can lead to severely debilitating diseases such as gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss.

Removing plaque often requires a minimal amount of work, including brushing and flossing daily. However, plaque buildup will eventually harden into tartar, which requires additional help beyond normal cleaning methods. Fortunately, your dentist is equipped with treatment methods for plaque and tartar. Visit your dentist for routine checkups and professional cleanings every six months to ensure plaque and tartar do not destroy your smile.

No matter which options for your oral health care you choose, Dr. Mark Simpson and our team at Simpson Dental Associates will make sure that you receive the care and quality your smile requires. If you would like to come visit us at our dentist office in Charleston, West Virginia, please schedule an appointment at 304-342-6162. We look forward to helping you in any way we can!