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All About Plaque

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Have you thought about your teeth today? They don’t always get the credit they deserve. Not only do you rely on them for chewing and smiling but they can also be big indicators of your overall health so it’s important to keep them in great condition. When you visit the dentist, a dental hygienist will scrap off any and all plaque, which is one of the main causes of cavities and gum disease.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky and colorless film that forms on teeth or under the gum line when sugary or starchy foods are left there. If ignored, this can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even loss of teeth.

How Do I Know If I Have Plaque on my Teeth?

Keep in mind that everyone develops plaque because bacteria is constantly growing inside the mouth. Plaque can make teeth feel “fuzzy” to the tongue, especially before brushing.

How to Prevent Plaque Build-Up

  • Brush twice a day, morning and night, for a full two minutes.
  • Consider using an electric toothbrush. They are clinically proven to remove more plaque than manual brushing.
  • Make sure to floss your teeth daily. This will remove the food particles that your toothbrush was not able to reach.
  • Use an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to reduce bacteria; we can give you some good suggestions.
  • Diet is more important than people realize. It is a good idea to watch out for foods that have a lot of sugar or starch; for example candy, soft drinks and milk.
  • Visit the dentist regularly.

 

Plaque is common, but it can cause problems if not taken care of properly. Stay proactive by following good daily hygiene habits at home and visiting the dentist on a routine basis. The team at Savannah Dental Care would be happy to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums with regular teeth cleanings and check ups.

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