Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What is Plaque?

 Plaque is a sticky, pale yellow film of bacteria that forms on our teeth. Plaque can lead to dental problems like tartar, gum disease and tooth decay. When plaque comes into contact with the sugars and starches in the foods you eat, it produces acids that can cause cavities.The best way to avoid problems often associated with plaque is by making regular visits to your dentist. See your dentist at least once every 6 months for a complete checkup and a thorough cleaning .Brushing and flossing your teeth is the most effective way to remove plaque at home. It is recommended that you brush and floss  after every meal, and especially before you go to bed at night. Also try and replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months -using an old or worn toothbrush is less effective.  A pre-brushing rinse might help to loosen and detach plaque for easier removal during brushing.

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