Plaque: The Precursor to Most Dental Diseases

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Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. While it’s impossible to avoid plaque, it’s easy to remove it. Healthy dental hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and mouth washing, can remove plaque before it hardens. However, if plaque is allowed to harden into tartar, it becomes exponentially more difficult to remove, leading to cavities and gingivitis. Once plaque has fully set, you’ll need the help of your dentist to scrape it off with specialized tools and techniques.