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What is Plaque?

Plaque is a dangerous buildup that occurs throughout the body, causing significant issues to your health. Dental plaque is a soft, white substance that builds up on the teeth throughout any given day. If you have ever run your tongue or your fingernail over your teeth at the end of the day and felt a fuzzy film on your teeth, then you know exactly what dental plaque is. 

Dental plaque is dangerous to the health of the entire mouth because of the damage that it causes to the teeth and gums. On any given day, there are millions of bacteria that live inside your mouth. These bacteria are present in order to help break down particles inside the mouth that are left behind after eating and drinking. However, their “helpfulness” ends quickly because they begin producing acids to assist in their endeavors. As with all acids, the acids produced inside the mouth eat away at whatever is in their path – this being your gum tissue and tooth enamel.

Plaque that is allowed to linger on the teeth leaves the teeth vulnerable because of the constant assault on the enamel and gums. Your entire mouth works together to support itself, and if the gums are compromised then your teeth are compromised, and vice versa. Plaque must be removed on a daily basis in order to promote optimal oral health in between dental visits. The only way to remove dental plaque at home is by using dental floss. Flossing the teeth takes approximately one full minute of your time, yet it is often the most neglected of all hygiene habits. 

Dental floss is the only tool that has been designed to properly remove plaque buildup from the teeth. Your toothbrush was not created to remove plaque. A toothbrush helps to clean the surfaces of the teeth, freshen breath, and loosen plaque so that it is more easily removed by dental floss. Yet, only dental floss has been designed to get under plaque in order to scrape it away from the gum line and tooth enamel. Dental floss is also the only tool that is able to reach inside the tight spaces between the teeth where food particles and plaque easily become trapped. Plaque must be viewed as a dangerous substance, because if it is not removed it will leave your teeth vulnerable to a constant attack of bacteria and acids. Over just a short amount of time, plaque will harden into tartar – a calcified mineral that discolors the teeth and leads to irreversible damage. 

At Green Dental of Alexandria, we want to promote optimal oral health by encouraging all of our patients to floss daily. One minute of time can save you from disaster.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Green Dental of Alexandria - Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725


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Based on 85 reviews

Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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