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Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

What is plaque?

Plaque is a thin, sticky film that constantly forms over your teeth. Food contains sugar that fuels plaque. The sugar mixes with the bacteria in plaque to form destructive toxins. Plaque plays a major role in tooth decay by holding those toxins in place against your teeth.

What is tartar?

When plaque hardens on your teeth, it’s called tartar. Tartar provides plaque with an ideal growing space. The buildup of plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease.

Preventative oral hygiene.

At Lashley Family Dentistry, we offer professional dental treatments that are important to your oral health. Good hygiene at home also contributes to healthy teeth and gums. Here are four simple things you can do.

  1. Eat well-balanced meals.
  2. Limit between-meal snacks.
  3. Brush at least twice a day.
  4. Floss after every meal.

Your gums, periodontal ligaments and underlying bones all support your teeth and hold them in place. By practicing good dental hygiene, you can help keep the foundation free of tooth decay and gum disease.


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