gum disease

The Ugly Truth About Plaque

The white film that forms on teeth is known as plaque and it can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and other complications. Below we briefly explain how it can lead to these dental problems.

Key takeaways: 

• Plaque can accumulate around the gumline and cause severe swelling.

• Oral bacteria found in plaque break down food particles and produce acids that weaken the enamel and cause decay.

• Plaque can also harm your tooth’s roots by spreading infections that are difficult to treat.

Consult your dentist if you have more questions on how you can keep your smile healthy.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.