PLAQUE: CARE FOR YOUR TEETH

This is a sticky colorless (most cases) film that forms on the teeth; they develop when food stuff are frequently left on the teeth. They then become colonized by bacteria present in the mouth. The bacteria feeds on the plaque formed inside the mouth especially on the teeth and gum, when they feed they produce acidic substances that destroy the enamel (outer layer) of the teeth resulting in tooth decay and causing gum problems (this only occurs when plaque isn’t treated over a long period of time).

The plaque forms due to a combination of saliva, food substances and consumed fluids. It is a risk factors for several oral conditions. When plaque isn’t treated in due time its leads to tartar, a hard yellowish film and bad breath.

 

Prevention

Brush twice daily with fluoride containing toothpaste

Use anti-bacterial mouth wash

Visit your dentists at least twice a year

Flossing daily is helpful

Take a balanced meal including vegetables which help saliva neutralize the acid in the mouth.

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