Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that develops on your teeth throughout the day, especially after you eat starchy and sugary foods.
Is Plaque Bad?
Bacteria live on the surface of your teeth, always looking for sugars and starches to feed on so they can replicate and accumulate into a sticky film called plaque. When the bacteria feast, they release harmful acids that damage the surface of your teeth and irritate your gums, which subsequently increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If plaque isn’t regularly removed, it combines with minerals in your saliva into a hardened yellow substance.
The more plaque and tartar that form on your teeth, the more likely you are to develop dental disease and ultimately experience permanent tooth loss.
How to Prevent Plaque Accumulation
Follow these tips to reduce the buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums:
- Reduce the amount of sugary and starchy foods you eat. Opt for a balanced diet that is rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid tobacco products.
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristled electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Remember to brush your tongue!
- Floss every day.
- Visit Grafton Dental Care twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings to remove hard-to-reach plaque.
Preventive Dentistry in Grafton, MA
At Grafton Dental Care, we can help you prevent tooth decay and fight plaque buildup. For patients who are suffering from gum disease, we offer a receding gum treatment to help prevent damage and tooth loss caused by plaque overproduction. Check out our affordable payment options on our financing page.
Your oral health plays a major role in your overall health, and we want to help you keep both in tiptop shape. Contact us to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment!Contact Us