What is Dental Plaque?

Plaque is a natural phenomenon and quite normal. Everyone has it. It results from a very simple process: when eating, bacteria, and food residues mix and form a thin white or yellow film that settles on and between the teeth. It does not matter. You have to brush your teeth regularly to eliminate it every time it is formed to prevent it from settling permanently. 

What is Dental Plaque?

When food and saliva mix, the result is the production of bacterial deposits that accumulate between gums and teeth. It’s the dental plaque. It is transparent and of a slightly gelatinous consistency. The problem is that it contains acidic substances released by bacteria naturally present in the mouth when they transform sugars from the diet. These acids attack the tooth enamel, gums and can damage them. It is necessary to quickly get rid of dental plaque because if it is not removed in time, it becomes tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist. It is the mineral salts and saliva that cause hardening and calcification of the dental plaque which then becomes tartar.

What Complications Can Dental Plaque Cause? 

If dental plaque is not removed gradually through daily toothbrushing, it hardens and attacks the tooth surface, especially when wearing a brace. It can cause bad breath and promote the development of cavities. Plaque can also cause gingivitis. It is an inflammation of the gums. While they are normally firm, they become red, irritated, swollen, tender and painful. It is necessary to take care of gingivitis quickly because it can be the first step in periodontal disease. It can have serious consequences such as infection of deeper tissues than the gums and even tooth loosening.

How Do I Prevent the Appearance of Dental Plaque?

The best way to fight against dental plaque every day is not to let it settle down. There are many simple tips and good habits to take and set up to have impeccable oral hygiene.

Use a fluoride toothpaste, which helps limit the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Use after use, the toothpaste enriched with fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and makes them more resistant to acid attacks of bacteria. 

Use dental floss to clean your teeth. You can also use interdental brushes. It allows you to access all the places, even the least accessible, especially between the teeth.

Consult a dentist regularly. He alone to carry out a descaling without danger, and you then avoid complications. 

Change toothbrush every 3 months to avoid damaging your gums.

Use a mouthwash. It allows you to purify your entire mouth, even the most difficult areas of access, between the teeth, for example.

Brushing your teeth after every meal, even snacking, is the basic and most important rule. Indeed, the brushing of the teeth makes it possible to eliminate the dental plaque as and when it is formed. Thus, it does not accumulate and is easily removed. After each brushing, your teeth should be perfectly clean and smooth. You can swipe your tongue over to check.

Limit the consumption of sugary foods. Indeed, at the time of digestion, they promote the production of acids and the appearance of dental plaque.

Use an electric toothbrush. It allows a effective brushing of teeth and gums. Brushing with an electric toothbrush would remove twice as much plaque as a conventional toothbrush.

How Can I Get Rid of Dental Plaque?

When the dental plaque is well installed, you cannot get rid of it alone, with the methods mentioned above. First of all, you must go to the dentist who will perform a descaling. It is necessary to perform regular descaling to fight against dental plaque, the risk of gingivitis, cavities, the appearance of other diseases or bad breath. Tartar can have many colors, from white to brown depending on the food you usually eat. 

Contact Riverwalk Dental Group in Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Boynton, or Port St. Lucie, FL

If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule a dental exam please contact Riverwalk Dental Group today! We offer four convenient locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Stuart, & Port St. Lucie, FL!

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