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Do you want a top-notch smile and oral health? If so, you need to avoid the enemies of the smile. Unfortunately, there are a couple enemies that can attack your teeth and gums, harm your smile, and alter your oral health. Those enemies are plaque and acid. To tell you a little more about these substances, our dentist, Dr. Cory Williams, and our dental team are happy to share some information.

Plaque
Plaque is a dangerous substance that clings to the teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease. This is possible because there are two different types of plaque, and each type causes its own dental issue. The plaque that causes tooth decay feeds off the sugar you eat and creates an oral acid. That acid attacks the tooth enamel and wears it down, creating a hole called a cavity. The plaque that causes gum disease turns into a toxic substance called tartar. Tartar infects the gums and deteriorates the jawbone.

It’s best to prevent plaque buildup by keeping up on oral hygiene, visiting your dentist regularly for a cleaning, and having a balanced diet.

Acid
Acid is another dangerous substance that attacks and wears down the tooth enamel. This acid comes from the acidic foods and drinks you consume. When the tooth enamel is affected this way, it is vulnerable to cavity development and tooth damage, like tooth chips.

It’s best to avoid acid by limiting your consumption of acidic foods and beverages.

Would you like to know more about the enemies of the mouth in Wilmington, North Carolina? If so, contact Cory Williams, DDS today! When you dial 910-763-1072, our dental team will be here to assist you in any way we can, so please don’t be afraid to reach out to us. We look forward to your phone call!