What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky film made of mucus and bacteria that release acids that attack your tooth enamel. If plaque is not removed on a daily basis, it hardens into tartar, which leads to cavities and tooth decay. Tartar can only be removed by a dental hygienist or dentist. Research has shown that bacteria and inflammation in your mouth are linked to other serious health issues, so it is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Will I know if I have plaque?
The simple answer is that everyone develops plaque.
What causes plaque & can it be prevented?
The sugar and starches (carbohydrates) found in our everyday diet form the bacteria which plaque derives from. Plaque’s formation is a normal process that cannot be prevented.
How do I minimise the dangers of plaque?
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental check-ups/cleansing will help keep plaque from turning into tartar. You could also use an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce the amount of bacteria that is present in your mouth.
Maintain healthy gums!
If not removed properly, the acid from plaque and tartar build-up will attack your tooth enamel causing you to have cavities. Plaque can also irritate the gums around your teeth, leading to gum disease – first gingivitis, then periodontitis and eventually, tooth loss.
Tusk Dental provides gentle dental care
You will save yourself countless amounts of money by scheduling regular dental visits as dental surgery costs more than dental exams. We are a premiere dental agency servicing the Auckland area with compassionate care and reasonable prices.
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