Did you know that tartar (a hardened form of plaque) cannot be removed from teeth with a

toothbrush and floss? This stubborn substance will form on teeth if plaque is allowed to linger

for 48 hours. That means that one small mistake in your homecare can result in bacteria that are

permanently attached to your teeth, that is, unless you attend frequent dental cleanings with

your Waco TX dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke. You see, dental hygienists possess the tools necessary

to remove tartar from teeth. These tools are a variety of dental instruments that can scrape tartar

from teeth. Because tartar contains numerous harmful oral bacteria, it is very important that this

substance is not allowed to linger on teeth, which is exactly what it will do if you skip dental

cleanings. Lingering tartar presents a serious threat to your oral health not only because it creates

an increased risk of tooth decay but also because it increases the risk of gum disease.

Bacteria and Your Oral Health

The mouth is teeming with bacteria, some of them good and some of them bad. Throughout

each day, the bad bacteria will attach themselves to teeth by forming plaque, a clear, sticky

substance. Thankfully, we can clean the plaque from our teeth using a toothbrush and floss,

thereby removing the threat to our oral health temporarily. However, if we allow plaque to

linger and form tartar, the bacteria that it contains will have prolonged access to our teeth. These

bacteria will then consume sugar in the mouth, prompting them to give off an acid byproduct that

can strip the enamel from our teeth. If enough damage occurs before a dental professional can

intervene, a cavity will form, necessitating a dental filling. However, tooth decay is not the only

threat posed by lingering bacteria. The gums may also become inflamed, a hallmark of gingivitis.

Unhealthy gums can quickly worsen as gum disease progresses and attacks the ligaments and

tissues that support teeth. Eventually, without intervention, tooth loss may occur.

Dental Cleanings in Waco TX

Your Waco TX dentist, Dr. Locke, encourages his patients to attend dental cleanings with

regularity. In doing so, Dr. Locke, hopes to help his patients maintain their oral health so that

they do not need more extensive treatments. However, when patients do need these treatments,

Dr. Locke offers a variety of restorative options so that his patients can once again enjoy a

healthy mouth.

About Dr. Corbet Locke: Dr. Corbet C. Locke III, DDS is an experienced and respected dentist

serving patients in the Waco TX area. Patients can contact him at 254-776-4888 to schedule an

appointment or a consultation.

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