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Having a healthy smile means avoiding the dangerous oral health effects of plaque and tartar, and we can help you know which steps to take to prevent the development of these harmful substances. Plaque and tartar can lead to many kinds of oral health problems that put your smile in jeopardy. We offer some reasons why you should avoid the risks of plaque and tartar as much as possible by practicing proper dental hygiene.

The fuzzy coating that appears on your teeth and gums when you neglect oral hygiene is plaque, and it’s full of bacteria. The development of cavities, gum disease and tartar buildup are often caused when plaque is allowed to harm your smile. However, at the same time, you can stop plaque from forming by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day and receiving dental checkups from the dentist every six months to monitor your oral health.

Over time, plaque that is not removed from your smile hardens into a more dangerous substance called tartar, which is not treatable by at-home treatments like brushing and flossing. You will need to visit the dentist for professional dental care to remove tartar deposits from the teeth and gums before you experience tooth enamel erosion, gum disease and tooth loss as a result.

We encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Wegmann if you would like to discuss how to treat plaque and tartar in Chicago, Illinois. Contact The Chicago Family Dental Center at 312.551.0500 today!