The Truth About Dental Plaque

guy grossed out by dental plaqueEverybody has dental plaque at some point, so what’s the big deal, you might ask? Without proper maintenance, plaque buildup can cause an array of potentially serious oral health problems that you should want to avoid. The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to become informed, and consistently practice proper hygiene techniques. Besides brushing and flossing twice a day, routine visits to your family dentist are also necessary to clean up the plaque that your toothbrush leaves behind.


Plaque is a colorless, or pale, sticky substance that forms daily on all sides of your teeth and around your gums. It is composed of food particles and colonies of bacteria. These bacteria feed on everything you eat and drink (sweets are their favorite) and produce harmful acids by metabolizing the carbohydrates (like sugars and starches). The acid produced by dental plaque is one of the leading causes of cavities and tooth decay. When allowed to sit on the teeth for too long, it begins to eat away at your tooth enamel—the protective layer of minerals that surrounds and protects healthy teeth.


Small amounts of plaque are naturally removed by your tongue and cheeks’ movements over your teeth. However, several other steps are necessary to effectively maintain your good oral health, such as;

  • Brushing and flossing twice daily, or after every meal, is vital.
  • Making sure to brush all surfaces of the mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, including your teeth, tongue, gums, and the inside walls of your cheeks.
  • Avoiding sticky, starchy, and sugary foods can help inhibit oral bacteria and plaque growth.
  • Visiting your family dentist at least twice a year for preventive cleanings to remove any dental plaque buildup.


Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.