Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What is Dental Plaque?

Plaque is a complex biological soil that can lead to dental problems like tartar, gum trouble and tooth decay. It's a soft, sticky bacterial coating that is constantly forming on your teeth-every day. 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 is the most effective way to remove plaque at home. It is recommended that you brush your teeth 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. It is also recommended that you use dental floss to remove additional plaque below the gum line and between teeth areas where a brush cannot reach. A pre-brushing rinse might help to loosen and detach plaque for easier removal during brushing.
Most dentists offer free oral hygiene instruction. Keep in mind there is a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth!  Don't be embarrassed to ask your dentist to teach you the right way!. It can save you a lot of potential problems in the future. 

Keep Smiling! 

Original post by btflbutterfly, edited and reposted. 

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