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The Hidden Dangers of Plaque and Tartar: Prevention and Treatment

Prioritizing Dental Health

At San Mateo Dental Care, led by Dr. Glenn Belen at 135 N San Mateo Dr, San Mateo, CA, we emphasize the importance of understanding and combating the risks associated with plaque and tartar. These substances, while common, can lead to significant oral health issues if not managed effectively. This blog dives deep into the dangers of plaque and tartar and discusses comprehensive strategies for their prevention and treatment.

Understanding Plaque and Tartar

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that continuously forms on your teeth, composed of bacteria, food particles, and saliva. If not removed through regular brushing and flossing, plaque can harden into tartar—a calcified material that strongly adheres to enamel and can precipitate gum disease and tooth decay. This section will explore the biochemical processes that lead to the formation of plaque and tartar and their potential impacts on oral health.

Preventive Measures

Effective oral hygiene is the first line of defense against plaque and tartar. Dr. Belen recommends brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, and using an antiseptic mouthwash to minimize bacteria in the mouth. It is crucial to engage in regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings at San Mateo Dental Care to remove any tartar buildup, as tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone.

Professional Treatment Options

When plaque and tartar buildup leads to more severe conditions such as gum disease, professional intervention is necessary. Dr. Belen provides specialized treatments like scaling and root planing, which involve deep cleaning below the gumline to remove tartar and bacteria. These treatments are essential for restoring gum health and preventing further damage.

Embracing Comprehensive Oral Care

Dr. Glenn Belen and the team at San Mateo Dental Care are committed to educating patients about the importance of managing plaque and tartar. By maintaining rigorous oral hygiene and keeping up with regular dental visits, you can prevent the adverse effects associated with these dental issues.

For further information or to schedule a cleaning, contact San Mateo Dental Care at (650) 344-7500 or visit our website. Learn more about how we can assist you in maintaining optimal oral health.

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