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Why you should not remove plaque on your own

May 25th, 2021

What is Plaque?
Plaque is an extremely sticky buildup of bacteria in your mouth.
The bacteria mix with food byproducts and proteins to form a sticky film called dental plaque.

It acts as a coat on your teeth and can get under the gumline. This is between the tooth and gums. Have you ever seen buildup in the corners of your teeth where the gums are? That's plaque building into tartar. The plaque can develop into a hard substance we call calculus and tartar.

Plaque and tartar can damage your tooth enamel.
The gums can bleed from this. If this is happening, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. It is important to not try and remove tartar on your own. The best action to take is to schedule an appointment so a trained hygienist can remove tartar professionally.

How do you remove plaque on your own?
Flossing can help to prevent tartar.
Brushing your teeth twice a day especially in the morning and at night before you go to sleep can be very helpful to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Brush regularly, twice a day for 2 minutes a time.
Brushing for 30-seconds twice a day won’t remove plaque or prevent tartar.

Removing plaque and Tartar:
Do not attempt to use any other appliances to remove plaque or tartar. You can damage your child's gums or teeth.

Dental Hygienists and Dentists make it look easy when removing tartar from your teeth. This leads to the belief that one can do the removal themselves and save themselves from an appointment.

It is very important that you don't attempt to remove tartar on your own. It can be very dangerous to do this because it can cause damage to your gums and create recession in the gums. This is where gums move away from the teeth and expose roots. These roots are sensitive, can be damaged,
and can lead to infections.


As stated above, If your child is bleeding, has gum damage,
or is in pain, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
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Thanking Our SCD Heroes and Other Crisis Workers!

May 7th, 2020

Thanking our SCD healthcare Dental Emergency Heroes as well as Many other Crisis workers today!

Smile Central Dental Emergency Crisis Workers

Today we would like to show our gratitude to our amazing Volunteer staff that has stepped up to the call to handle dental emergencies. You have faced dangerous conditions and continue to do so. You continue to face challenging tasks and stressful situations.

You make sacrifices and place a lot of devotion to our patients and their needs.
Thank you so much for your sacrifices and dedication!


To all the current Crisis Workers out there:

Corona Crisis Workers 2020

The Smile Central Dental staff would like to extend our gratitude for the Covid19 Crisis Heroes that face such a challenging battle and unprecedented crisis.

You are working overwhelming hours, facing dangerous conditions and spending less time with family, consoling heartbroken loved ones, and saving lives.

Our doctors, nurses, technicians, transporters, EMTs, pharmacists, and everyone who supports patient care is rising to the occasion and caring for our most vulnerable population.

Thank you so much for your daily sacrifices and devotion!



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