Dental Plaque

Dental Plaque

What is dental plaque?

Dental plaque is a sticky and usually a pale yellow colour but sometimes noticed as colourless type of bacteria and sugars that gets on your teeth and can spread.  This is the main cause of gum disease, but also can become tartar (calculus) which is a lot harder than plaque and harder to remove, but you should remove it on a daily basis.

How to prevent dental plaque

To prevent getting plaque build-up on your teeth is firstly to make sure you brush your teeth twice a day to remove all the plaque from the surfaces of your teeth.  Secondly, you should also floss daily to get shut of all the plaque from in between your teeth and also under your gum line.  This is because most tooth brushes are not made to get in to them places, so you won’t reach with your brush.  You should also limit your sugary and starchy foods, which will leave a lot of plaque on your teeth for bacteria to thrive on.  Finally organise regular dental visits to check up on how your teeth are, and to see if they is any serious problems that could occur.

Signs of dental plaque

Everyone will at some point get plaque in your mouth, as bacteria are always forming in your mouth and around your gums and teeth.  These bacteria that are in our mouths use the ingredients of all the food and drink we take in and all the saliva to then grow.  When the acids from the plaque the attack the teeth after you have eaten, which this then causes cavities.  If you get repetitive acid attacks on your teeth, then the first layer of the tooth (Enamel) will cut down and then cavity may form.  If you don’t remove the plaque, it can also affect your gums around your teeth, which will then lead to your gums been red and swollen, this is called gingivitis which is a periodontal disease and cause tooth loss.

How to cure dental plaque

One of the first things you should do is you a flossing method to get rid of all the food particles and germs which is in between your teeth, then after that rinse with water.  The next thing to do is then brush your teeth, using any brushing method but don’t brush too hard.  You should do small circular and short back and forth motions which work very good, and also after rinse your mouth.  You should use fluoride toothpaste which will stop any chances of tooth decay.  After that brush your tongue with the toothbrush to get rid of all the germs which has formed from eating, which causes tooth decay and gum disease.  Or if your prefer to use a dental pick which squeezes in between your teeth, purchase these from grocery and drug stores.

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