The Facts About Plaque and Tartar from Your Richmond, CA Dentist

Apr 24th, 2012 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry

Dental PlaqueRichmond dentist Dr. Stefan Moiceanu provides top-notch dental care to patients of all ages from across the greater San Francisco area. Part of providing quality dental care involves educating our patients about what’s going on in their mouths. Today, Dr. Moiceanu wants to discuss two important dental hygiene matters: dental plaque and tartar.

What is Dental Plaque?

Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on our teeth and gums. The acids that are created from the interaction between the sugars in the foods and drinks we consume and the bacteria in our mouths cause plaque. This plaque gathers at the gum line and contributes to tooth decay and gum disease.

The best way to remove dental plaque is by practicing good oral hygiene and attending professional dental cleanings and checkups. Rinsing your mouth with water after eating and chewing sugarless gum throughout the day also helps discourage plaque buildup.

What is Tartar?

By definition, tartar is hard, calcified deposits of dental plaque that form on the teeth and contribute to tooth decay. When dental plaque is not removed from the teeth, it hardens and become tartar—also called calculus. Once tartar is present on the teeth, even the most thorough at-home dental hygiene routine won’t remove the deposits. Dr. Moiceanu or a member of the Hilltop Family Dental team must remove the tartar at your next dentist appointment.

To reserve an appointment at Hilltop Family Dental in Richmond, California, call (510) 758-7222. We serve patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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