“Some tortures are physical, And some are mental – But the one that is both, Is dental.” ~Ogden Nash
Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, plaque buildup on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease and can help you keep your teeth as you get older.
Have you ever run your tongue along the front of your teeth and felt a
slimy coating? That “fuzzy-toothed” feeling is the buildup of bacteria. It’s called plaque on teeth. It is one of your mouth’s greatest enemies. When plaque builds up on your teeth, it eats away at the enamel, causing cavities and decay. In addition, bacteria from plaque can cause bad breath and turn your teeth yellow
It is a sticky substance made from leftover food particles and salvia that mix in your mouth. If you don’t brush properly after meals, it begins to form and build up on your teeth.
In addition, plaque buildup on teeth that remains on teeth for several days hardens and turns into a substance called tartar, which must be scraped off your teeth. Tartar is what makes your teeth look yellow and smell bad, so you may find it difficult to get your mouth clean once tartar builds up on your teeth.
A lot of what we eat and drink remains in our mouths long after we have finished. Bacteria in our mouths thrive on many of these foods and produce acids that can attack the tooth surface. Additionally, if proper flossing and tooth brushing are not conducted efficiently each day this leads to more plaque buildup on teeth development.
Sign and Symptoms:
Everyone develops plaque because bacteria are constantly growing in our mouths, which is not necessarily easy to see. plaque buildup on teeth that is not removed from around the gum line can cause inflammation and irritation to the gums around your teeth, leading to gingivitis if gingivitis is not treated it can progress to periodontal disease and possibly tooth loss.
It’s easy to prevent plaque buildup on teeth with proper care.
How to remove plaque from teeth
- Brush thoroughly at least twice a day.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under gum line.
- Use an antibacterial mouth rinse to reduce bacteria that cause teeth plaque and gum disease.
- Limit starchy food and stick snacks.
- Schedule at least two regular dental visits for professional and dental examination each year.