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Did you know that dental plaque and tartar are the main causes of gum disease and many cosmetic problems with your teeth? It’s true! Plaque is a sticky colorless film that can form on teeth and along the gum line. Dental plaque can cause so much damage to teeth because of the bacteria that they contain that can cause cavities. Tartar, on the other hand, is the calcified or hardened plaque that attaches to the enamel of your teeth. The problem with tartar is that it is more porous than your teeth’s protective enamel, and so it absorbs stains easily.

Fortunately, our dentist, Dr. Roger Anderson, is aware of all the damage plaque and tartar can do to teeth and is an expert at preventing and treating their buildup. Here at Roger Anderson DDS in Lakewood, Colorado, our team is dedicated to helping you with all of your oral health care needs.

Unfortunately, the development of dental plaque is an inevitability for everyone. Because bacteria are constantly growing in our mouths, the accumulation of plaque is not always easy to see, however. But when it is left to build-up long enough, tartar begins to form, and you are now not only at risk of infection but having cosmetic problems as well. Plaque that is not removed from around the gum line especially can cause the gums to become irritated and inflamed.

At this point, if the plaque around the gum line is not expelled, this is where infection and gum disease may set in. The early stage of this periodontal disease is called gingivitis and can usually be treated with more frequent professional dental cleanings and regular personal dental hygiene practices like twice daily brushing and flossing.

As you can see, plaque and tartar can cause come serious oral problems. The bright side is that there are various ways to prevent problems with your oral health from starting in the first place. If you have any more questions or are concerned about the state of your oral health, call today at 303-232-6205 and schedule an appointment with a friendly member of our team. We look forward to seeing you and helping you with all your oral health care needs.