What is the Difference between Plaque and Calculus?


Plaque is the sticky, colorless layer that builds up on your teeth.  Bacteria live in plaque and deposit acids that cause tooth decay and irritate gum tissue.  This irritation causes an inflammatory reaction by your body that can ultimately lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.  If plaque is not removed regularly by tooth brushing and flossing, it hardens to create calculus (also known as tartar).  Calculus cannot be removed with a toothbrush; only a dental professional can get rid of it during an oral cleaning.  To keep plaque and calculus under control, it is imperative to brush your teeth twice every day, floss at least once every day and see your dental professional for regular cleanings.  Please call us to set up an appointment at 813-684-8085, before your plaque turns into calculus!


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