Tooth Plaque is a sticky and colorless film over your teeth and gums that is constantly developing, mainly from bacteria and sugars. Plaque is one of the main causes of dental cavities and also gum disease. Plaque can also harden and turn into Tartar if not removed on a daily basis.
Plaque assaults your gums and teeth from the acid the Plaque produces. Bacteria uses sugars from the beverages and foods that you eat, along with our saliva to multiply and flourish. Plaque can also trap stains on your teeth.
Plaque starts developing on teeth 4 to 12 hours after brushing. Brushing at least twice per day and flossing daily will help with Plaque control. The acid attack from Plaque causes your tooth’s enamel to weaken or break down, thus increasing the sensitivity in your teeth and leads to tooth decay. We Recommend using Braun electric tooth brush, dental floss and use the sticks (TEPES) several times a day.
Often undetected, plaque attacks the teeth and gums with the acid it produces from bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria uses the sugars from foods and beverages along with saliva, to thrive and multiply. In addition to causing gum disease, Plaque also aids bad breath.
How to Control Dental Plaque
In order to control and help prevent the buildup of Plaque, it is recommended that you brush and floss daily. Using a dental string floss is recommend as it can reach around your teeth better and help deal with the Plaque in all areas around your teeth.
If Plaque continues to build in areas of your mouth that are hard to reach, and not removed on a daily basis, the Plaque will then harden and lead to tartar/calculus.
What is Tartar?
Tartar is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. In addition to forming on your teeth, Tartar can also form below the gum line and aggravate gum tissues. Tartar ends up providing plaque increased surface area to grow, thus leading to cavities and gum disease. Yellow or brown color to your teeth or gums is one of the most common signs of having tartar.
Only a hygienist or dentist can remove Tartar once tartar has formed. The actual process of removing Tartar from your teeth is Scaling.
It is important to Brush twice or more per day and floss daily to help keep your teeth healthy and have regular dental checkups.
Common Issues/Problems with Teeth Whitening
Going to your Dentist every 6 months is critical to your dental health, and this includes if you are whitening your teeth or thinking about whitening your teeth. The first thing that needs to be looked at is that you do not have tooth decay. Your dentist needs to check and make sure that there are no signs of tooth decay and that there are no holes in them. These tooth bleaching products can seep into the crevices and hit your nerves, resulting in pain and tooth damage.
Whitening Mouth Rinses
Using Mouth Wash for whitening your teeth, will not always give you the results that you are looking for. There is the potential that it could be doing more harm than good. The high alcohol content in some of the mouth washes can be tough on other portions of your mouth.
Leaving Whitening Strips on too long
Using the whitening strips longer than the directions can lead to undesired splotching on your teeth, and result in increased sensitivity. Always follow the directions on the box, and limit your use of whining strips to twice per year.
Not FDA Approved
When purchasing any teeth whitening products, check for the FDA seal. It is important to purchase products that are FDA approved. This will help make sure you are purchasing safe whitening products. Make sure to follow directions according to the product. Non approved FDA products can potentially damage your teeth.
Going to the Extreme
Another problem that arises with some people is taking the whitening process to far, going for that extreme ivory white. When teeth whitening is taken to the extreme, the tooth loses its health sheen.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
With the one size fits all teeth whitening trays, everyone’s mouth is different, so the one size will not always fit properly and give you the best desired results. Custom trays can allow you to get the proper whitening done to the areas that are intended, and fitted exactly for your mouth.
Many people sometime in their life probably end up grinding and clenching their teeth, this can end up being a problem for you. Sporadic teeth grinding, does not typically cause harm. When the grinding of the teeth happens on a regular basis, this can cause damage to the teeth, and other potential dental health issues can arise.
People often grind their teeth due to stress/anxiety and many times it happens during sleep. Due to teeth grinding happening during sleep, most are not aware of the actual grinding.
If you feel you are grinding your teeth, contact Dr. Singer, he can examine you and look for any signs of teeth grinding and help recommend the best course of action for your dental oral health.
Chronic teeth grinding in some cases, can lead to fracturing, loosening, or loss of your teeth. This chronic grinding might wear the teeth down. Severe teeth grinding not only can result in tooth loss or damage teeth, it may also affect your jaws, causing or worsening TMD/TMJ.
How Can Dr. Singer Help to Stop Teeth Grinding?
Dr. Singer, can it you with a proper mouth guard, that will help you protect your teeth from grinding while you are sleeping. Each mouth guard is fitted to your mouth to help with proper prevention of grinding when sleeping.
If your grinding is caused due to stress, ask a Doctor or Dr. Singer for additional options to help lessen your stress. Seek out options to reduce the stress in your life to help with reducing your grinding/clenching
Tips to help you stop grinding your Teeth
- Cut down of drinks/food with caffeine
- Avoid Alcohol. Grinding tends to increase after alcohol intake.
- Avoid chewing on anything that is not food.
- Avoid chewing gum. Chewing gum tends to allow jaw muscles to get used to Teeth Clenching, and can lead you to more likely to grind your teeth.
- Start to train yourself to not clench/grind your teeth. This will take practice
Contact Dr. Singer today to get further help with your Teeth Grinding and Clenching issues.
Brushing your teeth is an important part of your oral health hygiene routine. According to the ADA (American Dental Association), you should brush your teeth twice per day. Brushing your teeth will help to remove plaque which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease.
At all times try to use a soft bristled toothbrush, and make sure to use a toothpaste that includes fluoride. Make sure that the tooth brush can reach all areas of your mouth and fits inside properly.
When brushing your teeth, make sure to use gentle back and forth strokes, brushing all areas and sides of the teeth. Make sure to also brush your tongue to help remove any bacteria and to keep your breath fresher.
Replace your tooth-brush every three to four months, or sooner when the bristles are frayed. A worn-out tooth-brush will not do a decent job of cleaning your teeth.
- Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Lightly move the toothbrush back and forth in short strokes.
- Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces of your mouth, and also the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
- To clean the inside of your front teeth, tilt the tooth-brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
- Brush tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresher.
In addition to brushing your Teeth, you should also make sure you also floss your teeth daily or use an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay bacteria can still linger between your teeth where the tooth-brush bristles cannot reach. This will help to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under your gum line.