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South Shore Dental Excellence

13145 Kings Lake Dr, Ste 105, Gibsonton, FL 33534

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Kernagis Dental Excellence

2001 W Busch Blvd, Ste C, Tampa, FL 33612

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Dental Excellence at FishHawk

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste A, Lithia, FL 33547

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Kernagis Dental Excellence Takes Care Of Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Published on October 22, 2021

Tampa Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Hi. I’m Dr. Richard Kernagis. Welcome to my Tampa dental blog! I find that many of my patients in the Fish Hawk, Carrollwood, and Brandon areas get a couple of dental terms mixed up. Today, I would like to clarify the differences between plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. Regular check-ups and cleanings with your Tampa dentist are necessary to remove tartar as well as hard-to-reach plaque.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities, but they can lead to cavities. A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb for Tampa dental patients is this: Avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities. Got it?

I hope you’ve found this helpful, and if you’re in the Fish Hawk, Carrollwood, or Brandon area and are in need of quality dental care, call our office at 813-932-3940 to schedule an appointment today.

Our comfortable staff would love to answer any questions you have about our services, including cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and veneers.

Contact Kernagis Dental Excellence:

813-932-3940

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 W Busch Blvd Ste C
Tampa, Florida
33612

 

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