Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

Mechanicsville family dentistry

Plaque is that filmy stuff that forms on teeth. Since it is caused by the breakdown of the foods we eat, plaque formation is a constant process. And that’s why we keep reminding our patients to brush and floss twice a day, at St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville.

The plaque process goes something like this: Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth. It will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth.

At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it starts to harden. Give it 10 days and it becomes that substance most difficult to remove, tartar.

This bacteria feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will begin on the surface and spread on and through the tooth.

Brushing and flossing twice a day is your first line of defense against plaque. The second line is regular cleanings and checkups at St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville. Patients from North Waldorf, East Huntingtown, and South Laplata maintain dental health with our general and family dentistry, and their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact St. Mary’s Dental:


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28169 Old Village Rd
Mechanicsville, Maryland


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