The mouth is the living host to millions of bacteria. They grow in number and multiply as fast as one can imagine. While it may seem as if their growth is a regular part of life, it also poses a significant threat to the teeth, the gums, and one’s overall dental health. Bacteria that live in the mouth lead to the growth of plaque, which then causes cavities and gingivitis. To keep the mouth health, one must follow a proper and regular dental routine every day.
Dentists say that if only their patients knew more about what they are dealing with, they would be more equipped with knowledge that will keep them from suffering the worst of dental problems. Education is the key to ensuring that less and fewer people will be suffering from dental conditions whose effects are irreversible. What do you need to know about plaque then?
What Is Plaque?
Plaque is the sticky layer of material that envelope the teeth. When bacteria accumulate on the teeth, including the areas in the mouth that the toothbrush cannot reach, cavities start to build up. Slowly it will break down the tooth enamel, making the teeth more vulnerable to breaking down. Many of the foods that people eat cause the build-up of bacteria in the mouth. Sugary foods as well as those rich in carbohydrates and fat produce acid that stay in the mouth. This is what feeds the bacteria that cause the growth of plaque.
There are other foods and drinks that you might think are healthy, but they are not. Bread, crackers, and cereal also produce acid that could cause significant harm to the teeth and gums. Plaque is also substances that can irritate the gums causing it to turn red and become more sensitive. This can lead the gums to move away from the teeth, forming small pockets filled with pus and bacteria. If the gums are infected by plaque and are not appropriately treated, it can cause significant danger to the bone that supports the teeth, which could lead to the teeth falling out.
How Do You Deal With Plaque?
The best way to remove plaque is brushing and flossing. However, an even better way to remove plaque is to ask the dentist for help. Brushing and flossing may remove the food particles and acid in the mouth, but only a dentist can deal with a plaque when it gets in the way of having complete and healthy teeth and gums.
Remember to see your dentist as soon as you see early signs of plaque build-up. Better yet, show up during the regular dental visits so that the dentist can prevent plaque build-up, to begin with.