What is Dental Plaque?

Dental plaque is a sticky biofilm that builds up over your teeth during the day. It develops if you eat a lot of foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars, as the bacteria use these foods for energy, and the layer of plaque will contain both bacteria and proteins and sugars
Midtown Dentistry's Truth in Pricing Scale:
4.6/5
Patient tips:

Many Financing options:

Our 5 locations:

Contact us:

WHAT IS DENTAL PLAQUE?

Dental plaque is a sticky biofilm that builds up over your teeth during the day. It develops if you eat a lot of foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars, as the bacteria use these foods for energy, and the layer of plaque will contain both bacteria and proteins and sugars. The bacteria in the plaque will produce acid, and because this happens within a protective biofilm it will be less easily washed away by saliva. This increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease as the acids will weaken the tooth enamel, and will irritate and inflame the gum tissues.

When dental plaque initially forms it is a soft layer that can easily be scraped away, but within just forty-eight hours it will begin to harden, and in a few days will be so hard that it can only be removed through being scraped away during a professional teeth cleaning. It will have developed into a substance called calculus or tartar, and its presence will increase your risk of dental diseases.

Regular removal is essential to help keep your teeth and gums healthy and disease-free. 

REGULAR DENTAL CARE AT HOME 

Twice daily brushing is essential, as is once-a-day flossing. A lot of people will brush their teeth twice a day, but will often only floss if they can feel something stuck in between their teeth. The problem with this is that your toothbrush cannot reach right in between the teeth, and these surfaces account for approximately one third of your tooth surfaces. You need to take the dental floss to right down to the gum line, and to just below it, making sure you use fresh floss for each tooth. If this sounds tricky, or you struggle to floss, then ask Midtown Dentistry for help.

PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CARE

It can be easy to slip into a regular routine of tooth cleaning and to not notice you are missing out certain areas. Regular exams and professional cleanings enable us to pick up on these areas so we can work with you to improve your tooth cleaning routine. We can show the correct way to floss, or can talk to you about alternative tools to use such as interdental brushes and soft picks or air or water flossers.

Professional cleanings will allow us to scrape away all the hardened plaque or tartar, decreasing the likelihood that you will develop gum disease or tooth decay. It is a great preventative dental care treatment that needs to be carried out at least twice a year. Tartar can look slightly yellow so its removal can help improve the appearance of your teeth. In addition your teeth will be polished which can help to lift some surface stains. You should leave our dental office with a very clean mouth and a slightly brighter smile.

Houston Most Searched Dental Procedures

” They are all very welcoming, professional and knowledgeable, especially hygienist Loan Pham. I recently got braces and my  teeth look and feel great every time I leave her chair, even now with braces – she’s amazing.”

  • Hillary Gonzales Avatar

    Being new to Houston I did my research and carefully selected Midtown Dentistry. I’ve been... read more

    Hillary Gonzales 5/25/2021
    Dena Bill Avatar

    I had a maintenance visit today. Everyone at this office were exceptional. The receptionist greeted... read more

    Dena Bill 5/19/2021
    Oleg Mironov Avatar

    I’ve been with Midtown Dentistry since 2015 and always have a great experience. They did... read more

    Oleg Mironov 5/18/2021
  • Antonio Garza Avatar

    I would give more than 5 stars if I could! The staff is super friendly... read more

    Antonio Garza 5/17/2021
    Michael Jordan Avatar

    I cannot say enough good things about my experiences with Midtown Dentistry! I have... read more

    Michael Jordan 5/11/2021
    KhaDijah A Muhammad Lmt Avatar

    My Midtown dentistry appointment was a fantastic experience 05/06/2021! The front desk was very patient... read more

    KhaDijah A Muhammad Lmt 5/08/2021
  • Olivia Moffitt Avatar

    I have very sensitive teeth and have always had a fear of dental work. I... read more

    Olivia Moffitt 5/04/2021
    Jennifer Mizulski Avatar

    The service here is amazing. The second you walk through the door, you're greeted... read more

    Jennifer Mizulski 4/30/2021
    Riya Thomas Avatar

    We had a great experience at this clinic. The staff were super nice and helpful.... read more

    Riya Thomas 4/29/2021
24/7 Appointment NOW
Select an office
make your appointment
or call direct