Understanding and managing plaque and tartar is crucial for maintaining not only oral health but overall wellness. At the dental office of Dr. James Van Sicklen DDS, located at 1372 W Robinhood Dr Ste E, Stockton, CA 95207, we’re dedicated to educating our patients about the risks associated with plaque and tartar buildup and providing expert tips on prevention and treatment.
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. When not removed through daily brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar, a calcified deposit that bonds strongly to enamel. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional and, if left untreated, can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.
Unchecked plaque and tartar buildup doesn’t just affect your oral health; it can have far-reaching consequences for your overall health too. Gum disease, which can be a result of tartar buildup, has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other systemic health issues. This highlights the importance of a clean, healthy mouth as part of your overall health strategy.