Saskatoon Dental Group is a locally owned, full-scale Saskatoon dental clinic offering general dentistry services. At Saskatoon Dental Group, we are dedicated to offering excellent care to our amazing patients who are like family to us. We are grateful to treat whole families in Saskatoon across multiple generations and have a multicultural team speaking multiple languages. In our latest Saskatoon dental tip, we talk about Plaque, what is it? 

Plaque as per the Oxford Dictionary is defined as a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria gathers. 

Plaque- What is it?  

Now that we know the Oxford Dictionary definition of plaque but what actually causes it? 

Plaque is a bacteria produced after you eat and drink, especially carbs, sugary food and drinks.  The acids can destroy tooth enamel, and cause cavities and gingivitis, better known as gum disease.  Plaque can develop under the gums on teeth roots and break down the bones that support teeth.   

Can you feel plaque? 

It can be felt when you rub your tongue over your teeth.  It’s that slippery/fuzzy feeling on your teeth that you feel when you wake up in the morning.  

Can you see plaque? 

It is a colorless or pale yellow; we can’t see it with our naked eye, but a Saskatoon Dental Group dentist can spot it when using a small mirror during an oral examination. 

How do you remove it? 

Plaque is removed when you brush, floss your teeth regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse with a mouthwash.  It is recommended that this should be done twice a day.  In addition, you should see your dentist two times a year. 

We encourage you to visit us once a year for a full checkup and examination. Oral health is closely tied to your overall health and wellness; we can often identify issues before they become problems.

We are always welcoming patients looking for a new dental family. If you would like to book a checkup or if you have any dental questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We hope we fully explained why you shouldn’t skip your dental check-ups!

See you soon!

The Saskatoon Dental Group Team


Picture of Teeth with Plaque on them - Saskatoon Dental Group