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If you are looking to learn about plaque, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some frequently asked questions about plaque and their answers:

What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film which constantly develops on your teeth. It’s made up of bacteria, sugar and acid.

How does plaque grow?
Bad bacteria that reside in your mouth utilize elements of your diet and saliva to produce it.

How does plaque hurt my teeth?
Plaque includes acid. This can gradually break down your tooth enamel which leads to cavities. In a single day, plaque can harden into tartar. Tartar can stain your teeth, turning it brown or yellow. It is also a main factor in the development of gum disease. Only a dentist can eliminate tartar from your teeth.

What can I do to fight plaque?
The most important actions you can take in the war against plaque are brushing twice a day and flossing once, visiting Dr. Sandra L. Parker once every six months, and consuming healthy foods and drinks. If you’d like the intensity of your efforts to go up a notch for amazing results, consider chewing sugarless gum after meals, brushing three times a day, or adding mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene routine.

If you are ready for a dental checkup or have more questions about plaque, you can phone Sandra L. Parker DDS Inc in Anaheim, California at 714-289-0421. We are excited to help you battle plaque for a healthy and happy smile.