What is plaque?
Plaque!?!?!….YUK. But what is it? For almost everyone, plaque has a negative connotation yet most really aren’t sure what it actually is or where it comes from.
Plaque is a sticky, soft, invisible mass build up on your teeth. It is produced by the naturally occurring bacteria and germs in your mouth. As you eat, the bacteria in your mouth eat and breakdown the food and sugars. Plaque is the bacteria’s by-product and more and more is produced every day.
What problems can plaque cause?
Plaque maybe one of your mouth’s greatest enemies. It relentlessly attacks your teeth and oral health every day. It can yellow your teeth and cause unwanted bad breath. Not to mention that plaque eats away at your tooth’s enamel and causes cavities.
Overtime, it can lead to more severe issues, such as gum disease, that leaves the gums red, puffy and can cause them to bleed easily. This can be the early stage of periodontal disease, often known as gingivitis. If left untreated, it can eventually lead to periodontitis, a severe stage of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and even destroy the bones supporting the teeth.
How to fight back?
Plaque is colorless and often hard to detect. Since it is always being produced in your mouth, the best way to remove it and help prevent other oral health issues is to brush and floss daily.
The best ways to fight plaque and keep your teeth healthy include:
- Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss between your teeth and around your gums at least once per day.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals that may provide more sugar to fuel plaque production.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a professional oral exam and cleaning.
When it comes to fighting plaque and many other oral issues, brushing your teeth and flossing daily is your best ammunition. However, regularly seeing your dentist to clean your teeth, check for any issues and discuss your overall wellness and nutrition will give you the best outcome for long, healthy teeth and gums.
If in the Boynton Beach or Lake Worth Florida area and looking for a complete health dentist that also offers nutrition counseling, look no further than Aberdeen Dentistry.
Dr. Hillary L. Krawatsky, DDS and her wonderful staff combine their experience with the latest dental technology to offer the best patient experience. Aberdeen Dentistry’s approach to complete health dentistry helps insure a lasting relationship with their patients and their overall wellness.
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