Dental Plaque

Dental Plaque/Tartar Prevention and Treatment

Have you ever experienced a fuzzy feeling on your pearl whites or bleeding or tender gums when you brush? The feeling which you are experiencing is just a result of plaque!! Yes, dental plaque on your teeth leads to many periodontic diseases and finally you may leave with tooth decay or sometimes even lose your teeth. Let’s know what exactly a dental plaque is and how it affects your dental health.

What is dental plaque?

Well, Plaque is a colorless and sticky film that forms on the teeth surface. It constantly grows on the teeth surface which is encouraged by the foods you consume, saliva and things you drink. Plaque itself is buildup of bacteria and tends to accumulate in the area where teeth come in contact with gums. If plaque is not removed it can evolve into tartar. Both dental plaque and tartar result in tooth decay and various gum diseases.

Dental Plaque

How a dental plaque affects your teeth?

Plaque is the best enemy of smiles. It is all just because of the bacteria present in sugary treats and starches. If the foods containing high amounts of starches and sugars are deposited in between the gaps of teeth, then the person develops dental plaque. Bacteria can feed on the food deposits left over your teeth and produce an acid. Acid eventually destroys the teeth enamel and results in tooth decay and periodontal diseases.

Tooth decay:

Tooth decay results when plaque is extremely stuck to the tooth surface and produces acids from the carbohydrates in foods. These acids attack your teeth 20 minutes after you eat the food. By repeated and longer acid attacks, the protective layer, enamel has been destroyed and leaves your teeth with a cavity. This painful condition needs appropriate treatment to prevent infection and tooth loss.

Gum Diseases:

Gum disease is a serious infection to the gums that support the teeth. If dental plaque is not removed properly every day by gentle brushing and flossing, it builds up and makes gums red, swollen and continuous bleeding. Bleeding is the early sign of periodontal disease.

How do we get rid of plaque?

The best and great way to avoid serious effects of dental plaque is to stop it from forming and it’s so easy to avoid plaque buildup with proper care.

  • Brushing gently using soft bristled tooth brush and fluoride containing tooth paste is the most primary step one should take to prevent plaque formation.
  • Besides proper brushing, regular flossing is also an important aspect for your oral health as brush cannot reach the gaps between the teeth.
  • Regular practices of mouth rinses with fluoride can also prevent plaque development on the teeth surface.
  • It is also essential to schedule routine dental check-ups twice a year for dental examinations and also as advised by the hygienists to remove any plaque formed to prevent further complications.
  • Bacteria love sugars, simple carbohydrates and forms plaque. Hence it is always important to limit your diet to sugary foods especially sticky snacks.

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