Dental Plaque

Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums after eating foods that produce acids. These foods may include carbohydrates (starches and sugars), such as candy and cookies, and starchy foods such as bread, crackers, and cereal.

Tooth decay, commonly known as cavities, occurs when plaque remains on your teeth for an extended period of time, allowing the bacteria to ‘eat away’ at the surfaces of your teeth and gums.  Ironically, the areas surrounding restored portions of teeth (where fillings, or amalgams have been placed) are particularly vulnerable to decay and are a breeding ground for bacteria.

Plaque can lead to gum irritation, soreness, and redness. Sometimes, your gums may begin to bleed as a result of plaque. This gradual degeneration can often cause gums to pull away from teeth. This condition is called receding gums.

Long-term plaque can lead to serious problems. Sometimes, the bacteria can form pockets of disease around tooth structures, eventually destroying the bone beneath the tooth.

North Haven Office Hours
Monday: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
 
Wallingford Office Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you. Feel free to call or email our office with any questions.

Fantarella Dental Group - North Haven Office
127 Washington Ave
North Haven, CT 06473
203-239-1155
Fax: 203-239-2255
[email protected]

 

If you are an existing patient of our office and are experiencing an after-hours dental emergency, you may call our emergency line at
203-239-1155.