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One of the biggest risks to your oral health often arises in the form of plaque buildup. Plaque is a thin layer of debris and bacteria that often sits on your teeth and damages both your teeth and your gums. To prevent various oral health risks that can arise, including gingivitis, tooth decay, cavities and erosion, it is important to always look for any plaque buildup in your mouth and provide preventive techniques to help keep your smile safe.

By establishing an effective oral hygiene routine, you can limit the buildup of debris in your mouth. Not only can brushing and flossing help to keep your smile safe, consider implementing mouthwash or another nonabrasive tool after eating to wash away debris after eating. If plaque is allowed to harden, it will turn into a product known as tartar. Tartar cannot be easily removed through brushing and flossing routines, but instead will require a visit to your dentist. To prevent tartar buildup, improve aspects of your cleaning routines and your diet to ensure no harmful substances can collect in your mouth.

If you are interested in treatments for plaque buildup from Rocky Ridge Dental Associates at our dental office in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, call us at 205-979-8070. Dr. Roy A. Smith, III and our team look forward to helping get you started on the road to a brighter, whiter smile!