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.