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Is Plaque Harmful?


Posted on 11/1/2023 by Weo Admin
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethEveryone is susceptible to plaque. This sticky residue occurs when the mouth bacteria combine with saliva and food particles. In the absence of good oral care, plaque can harden into tartar, leading to tooth discoloration, gum disease, and tooth decay. In most cases, plaque presents itself as a colorless and sticky substance around the teeth and along the gum line. You may also experience a fuzzy feeling when you move your tongue over your teeth. A bad breath that does not clear on its own is another sign of dental plaque. Continue reading and learn more about plaque.

Who Is At Risk Of Dental Plaque?


The mouth is a home for many bacteria. It is also the entry point for foods and beverages. This makes it prone to plaque accumulation. In other words, anyone can get plaque. However, some factors can increase the risk of plaque formation. For instance, if you have a poor dental cleaning routine, you are likely to have constant plaque formation. Mostly, plaque develops when food particles are left between the teeth. In this case, adding flossing to your teeth cleaning routine should be a priority.

Another risk factor for plaque formation is alcohol and tobacco. These products lead to a dry mouth. When you do not have enough saliva to clean the mouth, particles, and bacteria will build up. That's not all! Sugary and sticky items are other contributors of plaque. When these items get caught between the teeth, bacteria will feed on them, causing buildup.

What Are The Dangers Of Plaque In The Mouth?


Plaque formation is common in kids and adults. However, this does not mean that you should ignore it. If not treated, plaque can contribute to gum infections, cavities, bad breath, tooth abscesses, and tooth loss. Contact us today, and our professionals will guide you on how to put plaque at bay.

Locations & Hours


Brier Creek




9400 Brier Creek Parkway, Ste 204
Raleigh, NC 27617-4879

Phone: 984-477-0177
Fax: 919-249-1375

Office Hours
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Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
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Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

North Raleigh




1911 Falls Valley Drive, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27615

Phone: 984-206-4242
Fax: 919-249-2145

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Knightdale




1101 Great Falls Ct, Ste 102
Knightdale, NC 27545

Phone: 984-733-0330
Fax: 919-415-1849

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm


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