What is Plaque?

Plaque is the dangerous buildup of thick, sticky organic substances that occurs throughout the body, causing serious health issues and complications.

Dental plaque is the soft layer of film that develops on the teeth throughout each day. Run your tongue across your teeth at the end of any day and you will know exactly what dental plaque feels like. It is the “fuzzy” feeling of buildup that you experience – and if not removed on a daily basis, it can be dangerous to your oral health.

The Threat it Poses to Your Health

Dental plaque is dangerous because it causes a constant assault against your teeth and gums. Every day there are millions of bacteria present inside the human mouth. These bacteria exist to help break down food and sugar particles that are left behind every time you eat or drink anything other than water. However, in their assistance to break down these particles, the bacteria become quite dangerous to the health of your mouth. When the bacteria find food particles, especially those high in sugar (natural or artificial), they congregate around them and begin creating acids to assist the breakdown of these particles. As with all acids, the acids produced in the mouth will eat away at whatever is in their path – this being your tooth enamel and gum tissues.

Plaque should never be allowed to linger inside the mouth because it leaves the teeth constantly exposed to vulnerability. The mouth needs to be viewed as a whole entity because it works together to support itself. If the health of the teeth is compromised then the gums are compromised, and vice versa; this relationship is vital because you cannot ignore plaque and hope to achieve a healthy, strong smile. Plaque must be removed on a daily basis in order to promote optimal health between visits to the dentist.

Brushing Isn’t the Only Answer

Dental floss is the only tool that has been designed to remove plaque buildup from between the teeth. Flossing takes approximately one full minute of your time, yet it is often the most neglected oral hygiene habit. Dental floss was created to slide underneath plaque in order to scrape it away from the gum line and off of the tooth enamel. Dental floss is also the only tool that has the ability to clean between the teeth, because the bristles of the toothbrush cannot fit into these tight spaces to remove food particles that are trapped there. It is imperative that you understand how dangerous plaque is to the mouth, and remove it accordingly.

At Gastonia Family Dentistry, we want to promote optimal oral health by encouraging you to floss daily. One short minute can save your mouth from disaster!


2557 Pembroke Road
Gastonia, NC 28054