You know that soft, sticky film your teeth have when you first wake up in the morning? That’s plaque, and it contains millions of bacteria. Preventing plaque through regular brushing and flossing is essential; if not properly prevented, it can lead to a host of other, more serious problems.
The Serious Effects of Plaque
When you eat, the bacteria in plaque feeds off the sugars in your foot to make acids that erode tooth enamel, making bacteria the prime culprit for tooth decay and gum disease when left untreated by brushing and flossing. What’s more, if you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly this plaque can gradually adhere to your teeth, causing a hardened substance called tarter along the gum line. Over time, tartar can make your gum tissue swollen and red, which can lead to gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease. And as if that isn’t bad enough, if the gum disease becomes worse, it can lead to bacterial infection that can break down the gums and bone used to support your teeth, resulting in tooth loss in more serious cases.
How to Fight Back
The best way to remove plaque is by brushing twice a day and flossing regularly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride for best results. Flossing will help get rid of the particles of food that become trapped in between your teeth and can lead to plaque buildup if not removed. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is also essential to good oral health. This includes limiting intermittent snacking throughout the day, which can add sugar to your teeth and become a breeding ground for bacteria. And finally, make it a point to visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings.
If you are interested in learning more about how to fight plaque, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you. To schedule an appointment, please contact Scott T. LeSueur, DDS & Charles A Dodaro, DDS online or by calling our Mesa office at (480) 834-6991 today. We serve Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and all surrounding Arizona communities.