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The Truth About Plaque Marietta, GA

The Truth About Plaque

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When it comes to dental plaque, most patients know that it isn’t good. Plaque contributes to cavities, gum disease, bad breath and that unpleasant “fuzzy feeling” along your teeth when you wake up in the morning. But what exactly is plaque? How does it form? Most importantly, how can we prevent it?

What is Plaque?

It can be nearly impossible to avoid plaque completely. Plaque is a sticky biofilm that forms when naturally occurring oral bacteria combines with the food, saliva and fluids in your mouth. Bacteria loves to feed on sugars, but a layer of plaque is produced in the process. Unfortunately, plaque is forming in your mouth all day long, putting you at risk for enamel-weakening acids and other oral threats.

The Problem with Hardened Plaque

If plaque is not properly brushed off your teeth and gums, it will harden into tartar. In fact, it takes just 48 hours for most plaque to harden, and within several days it can become so hard that it is impossible to remove without your dentist’s help. Tarter, or hardened plaque, is what causes cavities and gum disease. Without tartar these major dental health problems can’t exist.

What Can We Do to Prevent Plaque?

While it may be very difficult to prevent plaque from forming at all, it is possible to prevent the process of building up and hardening into tartar. Here are some key tips for avoiding plaque and tartar buildup:

  • Brush twice a day for two minutes each session.
  • Floss daily.
  • Brush after meals or at least rinse with water.
  • Avoid high-sugary drinks and snacks.
  • Attend professional cleanings at your dentist to remove tartar.

Do You Need to See A Dentist

You may have thick and hard plaque on your smile without even knowing it. If it has been longer than six months since you’ve had a dental cleaning, schedule your visit now. Allowing this threatening bacterial film to linger only puts you at higher risks for unwanted dental problems. At Gilreath Dental Associates, we have the skill and tools to properly remove hardened plaque before it sabotages your oral health and weakens your smile confidence.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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