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The Sticky Truth About Plaque Marietta, GA
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Dental plaque is a common concern that affects individuals of all ages. Despite its prevalence, many people do not fully understand what plaque is, why it’s harmful, or how to effectively combat it. Pure Smiles Dentistry in Marietta is committed to educating our patients about dental health, including the ins and outs of plaque, to ensure everyone maintains a healthy, beautiful smile.

What is Dental Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that continuously forms on and between the teeth and along the gum line. It’s made up of food particles, saliva, and bacterial byproducts. When you eat, the bacteria in plaque use the sugars in your food to produce acids that can attack tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

Why is Plaque Harmful?

If plaque is not removed regularly through brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar (also known as calculus), which is much more difficult to remove and requires professional dental cleaning. The acid produced by plaque bacteria can erode tooth enamel, creating cavities and leading to tooth sensitivity. Additionally, plaque accumulation along the gum line can irritate and inflame the gums, a condition known as gingivitis, which can progress to more severe forms of gum disease if left untreated.

Effective Plaque Prevention Strategies

  1. Brush Regularly: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to reach all surfaces of your teeth, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your gums.
  2. Floss Daily: Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line, areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Make flossing an integral part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
  3. Maintain a Balanced Diet: Limit your intake of sugary and starchy foods, as they contribute to plaque formation. Instead, opt for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to promote oral and overall health.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps wash away food particles and bacteria from the mouth, reducing plaque buildup. Water also promotes saliva production, which naturally helps clean the teeth and neutralize acids.
  5. Regular Dental Checkups: Visit Pure Smiles Dentistry in Marietta for regular dental checkups and cleanings, typically recommended every six months. Professional cleanings are essential for removing tartar and addressing any areas of concern before they become more serious problems.
  6. Use Mouthwash: Antimicrobial mouthwash can help reduce plaque and tartar formation. Ask your dentist at Pure Smiles Dentistry for recommendations on the best type of mouthwash for your specific needs.

Let Us Help You Fight Back on Plaque

Understanding and combating dental plaque is crucial for maintaining oral health and preventing more serious dental issues. By adhering to a consistent oral hygiene routine and making regular visits to Pure Smiles Dentistry in Marietta, you can effectively manage plaque and enjoy a healthier, brighter smile.

Remember, combating plaque is a daily battle, but with the right practices and professional support from Pure Smiles Dentistry, you can maintain optimal oral health. If you have concerns about plaque, tartar, or any other dental issues, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you achieve and maintain the smile you deserve.

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month

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What Pure Smiles Marietta Patient Says

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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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We are conveniently located on Dallas Highway near many restaurants and shops!

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month