Dental plaque

Dental plaque is one of the most ignoring things in our mouth and it can be most harmful to your teeth. So we can say it is a silent killer.
For those who don't know, plaque is a layer of bacteria that forms on the surface of the teeth and generally appears colorless and sticky. This deposit forms when the food and fluids we consume collect on the teeth and gums and mixes with saliva. These bacteria when comes in contact with sugary food they form a type of acid. These acids are harmful to your teeth because they can weaken your enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to break down, eventually resulting in cavities. Moreover plaque buildup can also lead to gum diseases, the red and swollen gums that sometimes bleed. If it progresses, severe periodontal (gum) disease can develop. Gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, allowing the bacteria to destroy the underlying bone supporting the teeth and gums. May lead to tooth loss.

If you follow these simple tips, you can prevent plaque formation :
  • Plaque usually starts forming on your teeth between 4 and 12 hours after brushing. This means that if you do not brush your teeth at least twice a day, there’s a good chance you’ll start developing oral problems related to plaque.
  • Brushing alone is never enough. Your toothbrush may never get to the food deposits that are stuck in between your teeth. With flossing you’ll be able to clean in between your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist in every  six months for having your teeth professionally cleaned. Dentist usually recommend teeth cleaning because it helps maintain clean teeth and removes hardened plaque and stains.
  • Brushing with the right toothpaste and right technique can make all the difference in preventing plaque. If you are concerned about plaque it’s a good idea to choose a toothpaste that is specifically manufactured to prevent plaque.

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