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What is Plaque? Fort Mill, SC
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Your dentist tells you to floss more in order to get rid of plaque. You have heard that plaque is damaging to your teeth. But what exactly is it? Plaque is a sticky, white film that constantly forms on the surface of the teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease – yet it can easily be controlled so that it does not have damaging effects on the teeth.

Everyone develops plaque. Naturally forming bacteria are always present inside the mouth. These bacteria are there to actually promote health by breaking down food particles that become trapped in the teeth. However, as these bacteria break down the sugars in the foods that have been left behind they also create acid. It is the acid from the bacteria that form harmful plaque, and when the acid attacks the teeth the tooth enamel can break down and cause a cavity. Plaque is also the cause of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease.

It is important to prevent plaque buildup, and with proper care it can be done. Practicing good oral health habits at home is the best method for preventing plaque buildup. Brushing the teeth at least twice a day is important for removing plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. However, brushing cannot remove the plaque that forms in the tight spaces between the teeth. Flossing is the single most important task that can prevent damaging plaque. Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line, where the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach. Of course, keeping regular dental appointments for professional cleanings is also extremely important. A dental hygienist is able to remove all signs of plaque from the teeth and gum line with proper tools and cleaning techniques.

Plaque is the mouth’s worst enemy because it can cause a significant amount of damage in just a short amount of time. At Gold Hill Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the most comprehensive dental care. Dealing with plaque before it becomes a major issue is always a top priority in exceptional dental care. If you live in or around Fort Mill, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

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Gold Hill Dentistry

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Marsha Rose

The staff at Gold Hill Dentistry is wonderful. They are polite, professional and helpful I have a history of working as both a dental assistant and hygienist in another state. I’m extremely particular when it comes to my dental care. My daughter recommended Gold Hill. I am very pleased with my dental care. I highly recommend the practice.

Don Rowley

The entire staff at Gold Hill Family Dentistry are professional, friendly, and very good at what they do. I’ve made numerous recommendations to family and friends. Very happy with the dental work they do. Scheduling, insurance processing, and follow up are always first class. Dr Kavi is the man.

Angelique Autumn McGowan

I highly recommend this dental practice. The staff are gracious, helpful, courteous and accommodating. Dr. Sagunarthy is a wonderful dentist. This is from someone who has always suffered with dental and gum issues. He is current on dental information, kind, gentle and professional! I am so happy to have found this practice!

Richard DeCristo

Dr. Sagunarthy is one of if not the best dentist I ever went to. He recently replaced a crown that was botched by another dentist and the procedure was done perfectly and painlessly. I first went to Gold Hill Dentistry for a second opinion on four crowns and maybe a root canal I needed asap from another dentist in Fort Mill. As it turned out I needed the crown replacement and only one other at a later date. That’s about $6000.00 I saved leaving this OTHER FORT MILL DENTIST. In addition to this wonderful dentist, the total staff is outstanding.

Chrissy Jaselskis

Awesome dentist. Everyone was nice and professional. Very thorough job cleaning my teeth. Lots of great conversations. Staff made an uncomfortable place for me very comfortable. Thank you.

Thomas Dorsett

Very professional and caring staff. Highly recommend the service, they take personal care with all patience. I have experienced some of the best Hygienist.

Bill Strickland

Great staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would heartily recommend as they have been taking care of my family for years.

Midge Zimmerman

I have dental anxiety. I dreaded locating a dentist after recently moving to the area. I had gone to another dentist in the area but quickly changed to Gold Hill Denistry. Dr. Sagarnathy and staff are always kind, gentle and concerned with my well being. They also do a really good dental work. Other than routine work, I have had an implant, and chipped tooth repaired, all are doing well.

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466