The cornerstone of excellent dental hygiene and a lifetime of healthy smiles is the successful prevention of the buildup of plaque and tartar. The biofilms, which notoriously cling to your teeth and gums every day, are the harbors for all types of oral bacteria—specifically, the harmful ones that lead to things like tooth decay and gum disease. Most people recognize that preventing plaque and tartar buildup require good hygiene practices at home. Yet, many people miss the little things in their routine that make prevention successful.
A Refresher on Good Hygiene
You may already know that good hygiene depends on brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once. However, even with that knowledge, many patients might skip a cleaning once in a while, especially on a particularly busy day. The danger is that missing even one session can give oral bacteria a chance to multiply, making them a much bigger threat to your oral health. Skipping a session also allows plaque to harden into calculus, or tartar, which your toothbrush and floss can’t remove.
The Role of Checkups and Cleanings
When tartar forms, the bacteria that it harbors remain on your teeth and gums producing harmful substances, like toxins and acids. These substances are the driving forces behind issues like tooth decay and gum disease. To remove tartar, you have to attend a professional dental cleaning, during which your dentist or hygienist can effectively clean away tartar and reduce your risks of developing destructive dental issues.
Learn More About Better Plaque and Tartar Control
Controlling plaque and tartar are the cornerstones of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.