What do people dread the most besides their end-of-month credit card bill? It’s when their alarm buzzes, notifying them that it’s time to have their teeth cleaned at one of the dental offices in Orange Park, FL.
Many people believe that cleaning their teeth at home is enough to maintain good oral health. Although it’s important to brush and floss daily, it’s also equally essential that you visit your dentist at least twice a year to have your teeth professionally cleaned.
As you eat and drink, plaque, a sticky biofilm filled with bacteria, coats your teeth. The bacteria in plaque will feed on the sugars and starches from the food and drinks you consume daily.
When bacteria feed on sugars they release acids that are strong enough to damage the hard protective layer of your teeth, known as the enamel.
Although the enamel is strong, it’s still vulnerable to decay, especially if your teeth are continuously exposed to acids. Dental cleanings will help remove plaque and hardened tartar in areas in your mouth that your toothbrush and floss may have missed.
How long does it take for plaque to turn into tartar? It only takes one to two days for dental plaque to calcify into tartar. Tartar is a yellowish or brownish hardened substance that can form on your teeth and along the gum line.
If not removed, it will irritate and inflame your gums resulting in gum disease. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing cannot get rid of tartar. Only your dentist has the tools required to completely scrape away hardened tartar and reverse gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease).
If you’re looking for a reliable dentist who can take care of your oral health, we’re here. Dr. Philip Clark is your leader for optimal dental care. We offer a wide range of superior quality dental services that will help give you a beautiful and healthy smile. Call us to learn more about our services.