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The Hidden Dangers of Plaque and Tartar: Prevention and Treatment

Safeguarding Oral Health at Lincoln Smiles

At Lincoln Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, located at 2295 Fieldstone Dr. #100, Lincoln, CA, Dr. Eloisa Espiritu and Dr. Sepideh Rahmani emphasize the critical importance of addressing plaque and tartar to prevent serious dental issues. This comprehensive guide will explore the effects of plaque and tartar on oral health and provide detailed prevention and treatment strategies.

Understanding Plaque and Tartar

Plaque is a biofilm of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums daily. If not removed effectively, plaque can harden into tartar, a calcified deposit that bonds strongly to tooth enamel and can lead to gum disease and decay. This section explains the formation of these substances and their potential consequences, supported by insights from the American Dental Association.

Preventive Measures

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is essential to prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Drs. Espiritu and Rahmani recommend thorough brushing twice daily, using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Flossing at least once a day and using an antiseptic mouthwash can also help reduce plaque. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings at Lincoln Smiles are indispensable, as these sessions allow professionals to remove any tartar that has formed and to monitor oral health closely.

Professional Treatment Options

For patients with significant tartar buildup or gingivitis, Lincoln Smiles offers deep cleaning treatments such as scaling and root planing. These procedures involve removing tartar from above and below the gum line and smoothing the roots to help gums reattach to the teeth. Such treatments are crucial for preventing the progression of gum disease and ensuring the longevity of your dental health.

Embrace Comprehensive Dental Care

Drs. Espiritu and Rahmani at Lincoln Smiles are committed to helping patients understand the risks associated with plaque and tartar. By adopting effective oral hygiene practices and seeking regular professional care, you can protect your dental health and overall well-being.

For further information or to schedule a dental examination, contact Lincoln Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (916) 543-8800 or visit our website. Embrace a proactive approach to dental care and keep your smile bright and healthy.

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