What is the Difference Between Plaque and Calculus?
When you think “calculus”, you may be having flashbacks (and likely not favourable ones) from your high school or post-secondary days. It’s safe to say that everyone knows what plaque is…but not so much with calculus.
So what’s the difference?
- Is a sticky, colorless film
- Continually forms on your teeth
- Houses bacteria
- Secretes acids that lead to tooth decay and gum irritation
- Can lead to periodontal disease and gingivitis
- When plaque is not removed by flossing, brushing, and professional dental cleanings by a dental hygienist, it hardens and turns into calculus
- It can ONLY be removed by a dental professional
So as you can see, these are just more reasons why you need to adhere to a solid oral hygiene routine: twice a day for two minutes at a time, including flossing.
Book an appointment with your dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months.
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