What is Plaque?
November 16, 2017
You may have heard your dentist tell you that you have plaque build-up on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that is colorless and builds up on and between your teeth and all around your gum line. Plaque contains bacteria and when it is not removed by flossing or brushing, it will harden and become tartar. Plaque is one of the main causes for gum disease, tooth decay and cavities.
What Causes Plaque?
When food mixes with saliva in your mouth it produces bacteria deposits where the teeth and gums meet. Foods that contain carbohydrates, starches and sugars contribute to plaque formation. If the plaque is not removed it will become tartar. The tartar and plaque will cause the gum tissue to become swollen and red and eventually cause bleeding. Leaving this untreated can cause more severe issues like gum disease.
How to Prevent Plaque Build-up
First and foremost, you need to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Brushing is the best way to remove plaque. Flossing helps clean between the teeth in places that brushing won't be able to reach. Flossing also helps fight gum disease.
Eat a good diet. Avoid sugary foods like candy or cookies. When you do eat sugary types of food, make sure to brush your teeth soon after eating.
Visit your dentist every 6 months for a professional dental cleaning.
At our Mesa Dentist office, Dr. Boyse will do a full dental cleaning and will discuss and educate you on how to help fight plaque. It is important to not let dental issues go untreated as they will cause further issues like gum disease or even tooth decay. Contact Boyse Dentistry to make an appointment today.