Article written by Elite Dental Group
Dental plaque is a common problem that can cause a sticky film to settle on a person’s teeth. As plaque settles on teeth it will start to harden causing a residue called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and will require a dentist to conduct a procedure called scaling, which removes tartar from the gum line. Tartar can lead to cavities, gum disease, and eventually tooth loss. Regular dental visits are key to gently remove plaque and tartar without causing an infection.
Signs of plaque include a fuzzy feeling on teeth and in some cases chronic bad breath and swollen tender gums. Although everyone has plaque to some degree, those who consume sugary and starchy foods, smoke, or those who have had head/neck radiation are at a higher risk.
To reduce the chances of plaque build-up, choose to rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking. Brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste is advised as fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the risk of cavities. Additionally, concentrate on brushing all angles of each tooth while following a gentle circular motion using a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Furthermore flossing before bed is key to reducing bacteria build-up when a person is asleep as it removes food particles from between teeth. A mouthwash used a few times a week can also clean bacteria in places that brushing and flossing have missed. Bi-annual dental cleanings are essential as they clean and polish teeth which reduces plaque and tartar buildup while identifying dental conditions before they become a problem.
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