Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly to remove plaque. Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that sticks to teeth above and below the gum line. It can build up and harden into tartar, which makes it harder to give the teeth a good cleaning. Tartar usually has to be removed by a dental hygienist.
The bacteria in plaque use sugars to make acids. These acids can damage the gums and teeth.
Be sure to see your dentist and dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Practising basic dental care:
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Current as of: August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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