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Dental Plaque: Your Mouth’s Enemy Fort Mill, SC
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Enemy: (noun) an armed foe; something harmful.

You do whatever is necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones from enemy forces, right? You lock your doors to keep unwanted people from entering your home and vehicles. When you are sick, you go to the doctor for medication that will fight against “enemy forces” that are making you sick. Well, what are you doing to protect your mouth from its worst enemy?

Dental plaque is the most destructive enemy inside your mouth. Plaque occurs naturally on a daily basis. If you have ever run your tongue over your teeth at the end of the day and felt a “fuzzy” film coating your teeth, then you know exactly what plaque feels like. Plaque occurs when the natural bacteria inside your mouth react with the foods and beverages that you consume. This chemical reaction is the state change in which oral bacteria go from being helpful to your mouth to being harmful to your smile.

Dental plaque is a sticky substance that needs to be removed from the teeth every day. If you brush your teeth regularly yet you do not floss every single day, your teeth are nowhere near as clean as you think they are. By not flossing daily, you are allowing dental plaque to build up and assault your teeth, gums, and entire oral health. As the bacteria inside your mouth change into dental plaque, they begin producing acids. All acids are infamous for destroying whatever is in their path – and this includes the acids inside your mouth. As plaque sits on your teeth, the acids produced by the congregating bacteria will begin eating their way through your tooth enamel. This is how cavities are formed: they are small holes in the teeth caused by the acid break down of dental plaque.

Dental floss is the only tool that is specifically designed to remove plaque from the teeth. Dental floss slides underneath the plaque and scrapes it away from the teeth and out from between the teeth. Flossing is the only way to prevent plaque from building up on your teeth between dental visits. If you hate having your teeth scraped at a dental cleaning, flossing regularly is the best method of prevention!

At Gold Hill Dentistry, we encourage you to fight against your mouth’s worst enemy by flossing daily and keeping regular dental appointments. With proper care of your teeth, your smile can last a lifetime!

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

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"When I moved I tried another dental practice. Mistake. Now I drive an hour to still use Gold Hill Dentistry. Everyone from the administrative staff to the dentist are professional, kind, and good at what they do."


"This was my first appointment with Gold Hill Dentistry so I didn’t exactly know what to expect. However prior to my visit I did google their reviews which were exceptional. That being said, my first visit certainly align with their online reviews! Gold Hill Dentistry’s staff were warm, professional but personable, and they made me feel very comfortable from the moment I entered their office and throughout the entire time services were performed. My cleaning results were great and my teeth and gums felt wonderful! I look forward to a long relationship with Gold Hill Dentistry!"


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"Gold Hill Dentistry is the absolute best! From the front desk, to the hygienists, to the doctor, they were all great. They bent over backwards to accommodate my special health situation and urgent scheduling needs. And the drilling/filling they did was the quickest and most painless I've ever had. Don't think twice about making them your new go-to for dental work."


"Office Staff, dental hygienists, and the dentists are all wonderful. Always friendly, helpful, professional and excellent. With so many "doc in the box" dental centers popping up, Gold Hill is a welcome exception where personal service and attention matter. (I should mention too, that the service does not come at premium cost - they take insurance and their rates are competitive and reasonable). Highly recommend Gold Hill Dentistry."


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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466