At Ranches Family Dental the health and safety of our patients and staff is always a top priority. At this time our office will remain open for urgent visits as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. We have monitored current guidelines from the American Dental Association. In order to be proactive, we have implemented the following guidelines to protect both our patients and our staff:
**The lobby is sanitized after every person leaves and has been closed for social distancing until further notice. Because of this, please come alone to your appointment. Make arrangements prior for children- which we know may be inconvenient with all the students out of school. Also, only 1 adult needs to accompany a minor.
**We have cancelled all hygiene and routine visits to stop the potential spread of the virus.
**Please brush your teeth prior to your arrival as the brushing area is closed until further notice.
Please reschedule appointments if you or anyone in your household has traveled outside the US for at least 2 weeks after your return.
If you have any symptoms of fever, cough, chills or flu-like symptoms we ask that you contact our office to reschedule your appointment.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to provide exceptional dental care in a manner that is safe for both our patients and our team members. Stay healthy.
Thank you, kindly, Ranches Family Dental
Why is Plaque Sticky?
Posted on 1/20/2020 by City Smiles DC
While reading about dental health, you may have come across the term “plaque.” Plaque is a sticky substance that adheres to the surfaces of the teeth. Plaque is caused by an excess buildup of bacteria in the mouth.
One small spot of plaque can contain up to millions of bacteria. What makes plaque so dangerous is its ability to eat away at your teeth. Also, it's very hard to remove with normal brushing and flossing.
Plaque is sticky because of the bacteria it contains. As the bacteria eat the leftover food in your mouth, they excrete a sticky substance. Many scientists believe bacteria excrete this substance as a biological mechanism to help them stay attached to teeth for longer so that they can get more food. While brushing your teeth removes some of the bacteria in your mouth, it can't remove plaque. This is because of how sticky it is.
How to Remove Plaque
You may be wondering how to remove plaque since it's so sticky. While brushing regularly can't remove plaque, a visit to our office can. The reason we offer dental cleanings is to remove the built up plaque that survives after brushing at home. During a dental cleaning, we use a slightly abrasive tool to remove the plaque from your teeth. Compared to a toothbrush, this tool is more aggressive. Alongside the tool, we often use a toothpaste similar to the one you use at home.
If you're worried about plaque buildup, give us a call. When you do, you can schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning. It's important to make a visit to our office every six months to avoid plaque buildup. Once plaque hardens, it's very difficult to remove, and your teeth may require extra attention to make them fully clean.