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When you see your dentist in Westlake for a checkup, chances are that he or she has discussed the role of plaque in dental health with you. But what exactly is plaque? Watch this video to find out.

Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth. It is made up of bacteria that release harmful acids. Typically, plaque can be removed by brushing, but any plaque that is left behind forms tartar, which can only be removed during a dental cleaning. Tartar and plaque contribute to cavity formation and gum disease, which in turn leads to the need for dental implants or dentures. By brushing and flossing diligently, you can remove most of the plaque that forms on your teeth and protect your oral health.