Chances are you’ve heard of plaque and the fact that it’s a tooth’s arch nemesis, but do you know what it is and what causes it? Plaque is bacteria that forms on the teeth in a sticky film and when it comes into contact with food and drink (especially sugary ones) it produces an acid that attacks the protective tooth enamel. This is why a diet that is high in sugar can cause havoc for the teeth as it exposes them to more of these acid attacks, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Plaque isn’t just a nightmare for teeth, it can irritate the gums too if it isn’t removed. This can lead to swelling and eventually cause the gums to detach from the teeth leaving a gap in between that is then prone to infection. If this is left untreated, the infection can eventually cause tooth loss.
What can we do to fight against plaque?
Of course, at Marquess Dental we can help by removing plaque build up at your hygiene appointments and checking for signs of tooth and gum problems during your regular check ups. However, the main battle against plaque is fought every day during your home care regime. Brushing twice a day with a good toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is key, but what about the spaces in between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach? These tiny spaces are perfect spots for food and bacteria to become trapped so it is vital that you pay extra attention to them, but how? Well, that’s where dental floss or interdental brushes come into action.
Here at Marquess Dental our dentists and hygienists can provide excellent advice on the best products to use to clean in between your teeth, as well as providing tips on techniques to use too. So if you’re ready to wage war on plaque, give us a call on 01248 787878 to book your next dental check up.