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Plaque Build Up
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What is Plaque?


Plaque is a sticky, thin film of bacteria that can form on your teeth, which is home to bacteria. The bacteria that reside in plaque produce acids after you eat or drink. The resulting acid can damage the tooth enamel and lead to other oral health concerns, including cavities and gum disease such as gingivitis.

Plaque usually forms on the teeth, but it can also develop under the gums on the roots of your teeth and can damage the bones supporting teeth. If left untreated, plaque can harden and form tough-to-remove tartar.

How Does Plaque Build Up?


When you eat sugary or starchy food, the bacteria in your mouth interact with the food you consume. Foods containing carbohydrates, such as juice, bread, fruits, and others mix with the bacteria in the oral cavity, resulting in the release of acids as the food breaks down.

If you don’t rinse your mouth soon after eating and skip regular brushing, the combination of bacteria, acids, and partially digested carbohydrates can mix to form a thin, sticky film known as plaque.

What Are the Symptoms of Plaque?


One of the most common symptoms of plaque includes a fuzzy feeling on the teeth. Other symptoms may include swollen gums that often bleed after brushing and chronic bad breath.

What Are the Possible Complications of Plaque?


If left untreated, plaque can lead to the following complications:
•  It hardens into tartar, and you need professional dental treatment for the removal of tartar
•  Formation of cavities
•  Infection of the tooth (abscessed tooth)
•  Gum diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis
•  Tooth decay and structural loss

The Diagnosis of Plaque


Plaque appears as a colorless or pale yellow layer on the teeth. The dentist can easily spot it during a dental checkup using a small mirrored apparatus used during an oral exam. Moreover, if you have hardened plaque, the dentist may also recommend dental x-rays to check for cavities.

Preventing Plaque Formation


Perhaps the easiest way to prevent plaque formation is to practice good oral hygiene. Some of the measures that can help you prevent plaque formation include:
•  Regular Brushing – Brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
•  Floss Daily – Don't forget to floss every day to eliminate food particles stuck in between teeth that can attract bacteria and form plaque.
•  Use Sugar-free Gum – If brushing soon after eating or drinking is not possible, you can use sugar-free gum.
•  Make Healthier Food Choices – Reduce your intake of starchy food and drinks, such as bread, pasta, and packaged juices. Instead, rely on nutritious snacks that are low in starch, including raw vegetables, yogurt, cheese, and fruits.
•  Schedule Regular Dental Checkups – Make sure you schedule a dental checkup at least twice a year.

Managing and Treating Plaque


Practicing good oral hygiene, which includes regular brushing and flossing, is the key to managing plaque. However, if you have tartar build-up, our dental professionals will scrape plaque and tartar and clean your teeth. They may also recommend the following treatment.
•  Use of dental sealants
•  Medications to increase saliva production
•  Fluoride treatment
•  Use of prescription toothpaste and an antibacterial mouthwash.

Dental plaque is a common dental problem with an easy fix. Brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist twice a year. To find out more about preventing and managing plaque and protecting your oral health, call (669) 306-7669 and schedule your dental check up with [[CLIENTEX:DOCNAME1]]].
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