Robert B. Ruyak, DMD

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pesky Plaque

Have you ever licked your teeth and felt a fuzzy buildup on them? That fuzzy stuff is called plaque and if you feel it, you should grab your toothbrush immediately. Minerals form dental plaque – a sticky, colorless, film of bacteria – that is a result of bacterial action on food particles. Dental plaque provides an ideal environment for cavities and gum disease to develop, which is why you should visit the dental practice of Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD for dental checkups and professional cleanings at least twice a year.

Everyone develops plaque because bacteria are constantly forming in our mouths. With repeated acid attacks from food and beverages, the tooth enamel can break down. The reason for this is that plaque contains bacteria, which produce acids that attack your tooth enamel and can damage your gums. If not treated, the damage could turn into tartar that only our staff of hygienists will be able to remove. The best way to prevent plaque buildup is by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day.

If you are due for a dental checkup, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD at his Bethlehem, PA dental office, call 610-861-0777.

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