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If you want to learn about plaque, Alpha Dental Excellence in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is happy to help. Here are some FAQs about plaque and their answers:

What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky, colorless substance which continuously builds up on your teeth. It contains bacteria, sugar and acid. Bacteria that reside in your mouth use ingredients from your diet and to produce it.

How does plaque harm my teeth?
One ingredient of plaque is acid. This acid can gradually break down your tooth enamel and is the main cause of cavities. In a single day, plaque solidifies into tartar. Tartar can stain your teeth brown or yellow. Tartar also is one of the main reasons for gum disease. Only a dental professional can safely remove tartar from your teeth.

What can I do to battle plaque?
If you want healthy teeth for your entire life, it is absolutely essential to rid your teeth of plaque regularly. Brush your teeth twice a day and flossing once. You’ll also need to visit Dr. Arpan Patel once every six months for a cleaning to remove any tartar. Finally, choose tooth-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 instead of two, and adding mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene routine.

If you are ready for a cleaning or have questions not answered here, don’t hesitate to ring Alpha Dental Excellence in Langhorne, Pennsylvania at (215) 970-2515. We are excited to help you fight plaque for a healthy and happy smile.