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One of the most dangerous substances that can harm your smile is plaque. Plaque is a sticky, tooth-colored film that clings to your teeth and damages your smile. This film isn’t generally noticeable unless you refrain from brushing your teeth for a long amount of time. However, even though it is not always noticeable, it is still extremely dangerous.

What causes plaque?
Plaque forms when the carbohydrates in food are frequently left on your pearly whites. These foods feed the bacteria in your mouth, which causes plaque development and tooth decay. Over time, the acids destroy the tooth enamel and the plaque moves down into the roots of your teeth and into the pockets of your gums. If the plaque is left untreated, you will become a victim of gum disease and you will eventually lose your teeth.

How can I prevent plaque buildup?
There are many things you can do each day to prevent the formation and development of plaque. Some of those things are: brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash daily. Now, even though these techniques are very beneficial, they won’t remove 100 percent of the plaque on your smile. To completely remove the plaque, you will need to get your teeth professionally cleaned at our office. Because these cleanings are the only way to completely free your smile from plaque, it is vital that you receive a cleaning every six months.

Call Eli Lawrence, DDS today for more information about plaque! We are happy to help you in any way we can if you simply dial 312-236-9895. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eli J. Lawrence if you need to professionally clean your smile. We look forward to your call!