How To Avoid Plaque

You’ve heard of plaque, but do you really know what it is?

Plaque is a substance that forms on your teeth when you don’t regularly brush and floss your teeth. Plaque can develop on the teeth and above and below the gum line. Plaque forms when debris, bacteria, and food particles in the mouth create an acid that sticks to your teeth. Over time, if not properly removed,  plaque can develop into tartar, which can only be removed by a highly skilled dentist. When plaque and tartar buildup occurs, it can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities.

The good news about plaque is that it is preventable with proper dental care and regular visits to our Durham, NC dental office. Dr. Brent Blaylock offers routine dental cleanings and preventive care exams in his Durham, NC dental office. Dr. Blaylock can work with you to keep your smile healthy and lower your risk of developing advanced dental issues.

Eliminating Plaque

Plaque buildup can cause serious problems for your oral health. Plaque buildup can lead to abscesses, cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Plaque can be controlled with daily oral hygiene and regular visits to a trusted dentist like Dr. Blaylock. The goal is to prevent tartar buildup or eliminate tartar buildup before it creates a more complex dental issue. To prevent plaque, try to follow these key tips.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss daily to prevent plaque buildup.
  • Schedule regular visits to the dentist for a dental checkup and screen for advanced dental issues.
  • Receive regular dental cleanings. Most patients receive a dental cleaning in conjunction with their biannual dental exam.

Schedule An Appointment

Dr. Blaylock is a highly trained and experienced dentist in Durham, NC. Dr. Blaylock is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care to patients dealing with minor and major dental concerns. If you are due for a routine dental exam, contact our Durham dental office. Patients can call our office or schedule an appointment online.


3206 Old Chapel Hill Road
Suite 300
Durham, NC 27707

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new patients 984-213-4695

current patients 919-493-8036


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Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday: Closed