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Because dental plaque and tartar are the root causes of many oral health problems, it is important to understand what they are, how they form, and how to combat them. Plaque is a sticky colorless film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. Plaque is dangerous because the bacteria that it contains can cause cavities and gum disease. Tartar is the calcified or hardened plaque that can attach itself to the enamel of your teeth and can only be removed by a professional dentist or hygienist with special tools.

Luckily, our doctor, Dr. Gilbert Fernandez, understands the dangers of plaque and tartar and is well educated in their removal and prevention. Our capable team at Gilbert Fernandez, D.D.S., Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is excited to share more information with you about the dangers of plaque and tartar buildup and how to prevent it.

Unfortunately, the formation of plaque is unavoidable, because everyone develops it, but allowing it to reach the point where it impacts your oral hygiene is preventable. Daily brushing and flossing are incredibly important when it comes to plaque and tartar prevention. Dental care products that contain fluoride and even fluoridated water can also be helpful because they strengthen enamel and so teeth become more resistant to decay.

If you would like to know more about how to prevent plaque and tartar buildup and what dental health care products are right for you, please call at 505.898.8063 to schedule an appointment with us. We are here to help you take charge of your oral health and have the healthiest smile possible.