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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