Teeth Plaque is a sticky, livid film of bacteria and sugars that form on teeth. It makes teeth feel fluffy and is noticeable when the teeth are not brushed. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease, and hardens into tartar.
Causes of Teeth Plaque
Plaque develops when certain foods especially, carbohydrates, such as milk, raisins, cakes, candies and soft drinks are frequently taken. Bacteria present in the mouth grow on these foods and therefore produce acids. These acids gradually destroy enamel leading to tooth decay. Plaque even forms on the roots under the gums and result in bone damage.
Care / Prevention of Teeth Plaque
It is very easy to prevent plaque buildup with proper care.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft, rounded tip bristled toothbrush. Pay attention while brushing the space where the teeth and gums meet. Opt for a fluoride containing toothpaste.
- Floss everyday between the teeth and under the gum line to remove bacteria and food particles.
- Go for a professional cleanings and dental examinations at least once in 6 months.
- Eat a well balanced diet and limit intake of snacks, sugar or starchy foods. Choose nutritious foods like plain cheese, yogurt and raw vegetables.
- Use antibacterial mouth rinse, which greatly helps in reducing bacterial growth that causes plaque.