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What do you know about plaque? Would you like to know more? Here are some frequently asked questions about plaque and their answers:

What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky, colorless biofilm that grows on your teeth composed of bacteria, sugar and acid.

How does plaque grow?
Bad bacteria that live in your mouth combine with ingredients from your food and saliva to create it.

How does plaque hurt my teeth?
Plaque contains acid which slowly breaks down your tooth enamel, leading to cavities. In as short as a single day, plaque can harden into what is called tartar. When tartar forms around the gumline, it contributes to the development of gum disease. Tartar can also stain your teeth. Only a dentist can remove tartar from your teeth.

What can I do to fight plaque?
The most important steps you can take in the battle against plaque are to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, visit Dr. Yong Eon Park once every six months, and eat healthy foods. If you’d like your smile to be even more amazing, consider chewing sugarless gum after meals, brushing three times a day, or adding mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene routine.

Has it come time for a dental checkup? Please call Bright Dental Care in Bakersfield, California at 661.588.2772 to set up an appointment. We are excited to help you in the war against plaque for a healthy and happy smile.