Plaque refers to the bacteria-containing, colorless, and sticky film that continuously forms on your teeth. At certain levels, it is considered an essential part of your oral defense mechanism, preventing tooth enamel destruction. That said, it may also cause tartar formation, bad breath, and gum diseases without proper oral hygiene. Your trusted orthodontics experts from the Loveland Dental Group talk about this problem in detail.
Your diet and oral hygiene are some of the major factors that contribute to dental plaque development. Food, especially carbohydrates, combine with the natural bacteria found in your mouth. Their chemical reaction may cause acid formation, which may interact with the saliva and food particles in your mouth. This results in an adhesive, microbial film, often referred to as plaque. If left unmanaged, this biofilm may start to harden, leading to tartar.
Controlling Plaque Build-Up
With proper oral hygiene, it is easy to prevent plaque build-up. For one, we suggest limiting your intake of starchy or sugary foods. This is why your dentist constantly tells you to avoid eating too many candies, cake, and pastries. This, however, may seem challenging, especially if you have a “sweet tooth.”
The next best thing you can do is to brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. Doing so can help remove food traces in your mouth, reducing acid and bacteria formation. Do not forget to floss in between your teeth, under your gumline, and other hard-to-reach places in your dental arch.
Most importantly, make sure to visit your reliable dentist regularly. Our dental cleaning services include a complete assessment of your oral cavity, checking for signs of dental plaque, tooth decay, or other gum problems. We may also perform professional dental brushing and scaling to remove plaque and prevent their build-up. If you have stubborn teeth stains or tartar, we may also perform teeth polishing to effectively remove them.
For more information about dental plaque and our cleaning services, call us at (704) 312-8889, or complete our contact form. We serve Cornelius, Huntersville, and the surrounding NC areas.