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If you’ve ever walked down the toothpaste aisle, you’ve probably seen a bunch of different products claiming to do one thing or another. One of the most common problems dental products aim to solve is plaque buildup.

But what is plaque, and why don’t you want it building up? Well, the answer is pretty simple. Here at the dental practice of Barbara Vondergoltz Flesch, DDS in Houston, Texas, we feel that explaining these things helps patients better motivate themselves to take care of their oral health. Let’s look!

What is plaque?
Plaque is the initial buildup of junk on your teeth. When you wake up in the morning, or right before bed at night, it’s that layer of rough-feeling residue on your teeth. There’s no way to stop plaque buildup, which is why you have to brush and floss consistently.

What does it do?
Plaque, if left alone, will turn into a hardened shell called tartar. That’s when you start to have some problems because tartar can cause inflammation of your gums – otherwise known as gingivitis.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and that’s a very serious health issue. You shouldn’t let your plaque build to that point. Tartar is impossible to remove on your own because it requires the right tools and that is one reason you see your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings.

Avoiding plaque buildup will do wonders for your oral health. Not only does it keep your teeth clean, but it helps keep your breath fresh as well.

If you have any other questions, or to schedule a visit with our experienced team, we invite you to call us today at 713-789-7913.