Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Eliminate Plaque Before It Turns to Tartar

Have you ever licked your teeth and felt a “fuzzy” buildup? That fuzz you feel is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth called plaque. Plaque develops when foods containing carbohydrates such as milk, soft drinks, and other food and beverages that are high in sugar and starches are frequently left on the teeth. If you don’t practice proper oral hygiene on a daily basis to remove this residue, the plaque will harden into tartar, which only Dr. David Bishop of Bishop & Bishop Dental will be able to remove.

Everyone develops plaque because bacteria are constantly forming in our mouths. Plaque that is not removed from around the gum line can cause inflammation and irritation to the gums around your teeth. If you’re not sure if you see some plaque on your teeth, all you have to do is scratch the enamel with your fingernail. If residue appears, go grab your toothbrush. It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque from tooth surfaces and protect your teeth from decay.

If you are overdue for a dental checkup, please give us a call to schedule your appointment today. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental here in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-608-9270.

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