Plaque is an unfortunate and often time gross circumstance that happens in all our mouths.

It is a layer of film that contains bacteria that sticks to teeth.  Plaque can appear anywhere, but is more commonly found in areas where the toothbrush can’t reach.  Sugary and high-starch food cause the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids, which leads to plaque build-up.

Irritated, red, sensitive, and bleeding gums are a result of plaque bacteria, as well as cavities and worn-down enamel.  Plaque that goes untreated can harden and turn into tartar.  If tartar isn’t treated, it will continue to move into the gums and cause gingivitis – which leads to gum disease.

Follow the 10 steps below to help prevent plaque build-up before it leads to more severe and expensive dental problems.

1.      Schedule, keep, and attend all dental hygiene appointments

2.      Brush your teeth at least twice a day

3.      Use fluoride toothpaste

4.      Brush for at least two (2) minutes each time

5.      Brush with a soft toothbrush in a circular motion on each tooth

6.      Brush your tongue

7.      Floss daily

8.      Eat a healthy, balanced diet

9.      Use antibacterial mouth wash

10.   Discuss the use of sealants with your dentist

 

 

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