The underlying cause of most gum and mouth diseases is the accumulation of plaque in the areas around your gums and in between teeth
Plaque forming on your teeth is inevitable and it is this substance that is the breeding ground for harmful bacteria. The good thing is that plaque is easily removed from your teeth by routine brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing are like the homework you do at school and need to be supplemented with regular dental cleanings in intervals of every 6-12 months as recommended by your dentist. When plaque remains on your teeth for too long it releases aids that tarnish and erode your tooth enamel, leading to cavities and gum disease. Untreated plaque will become tartar over time and this substance is much harder and therefore more difficult to remove. Tartar causes your gums to recede and leads to gingivitis and other periodontal diseases. Only a dental cleaning can remove tartar without hurting your tooth enamel.
How to Keep Plaque at Bay
Daily Brushing & Flossing
This is not new information by any means. Brush and floss your teeth after every meal with fluoride toothpaste to remove most of the plaque that builds up daily. Brushing is a refined technique where you move the brush away from your gum line and clean every tooth. Don’t forget to clean the biting surface as well. Brushing your tongue can also help remove extra bacteria from your mouth. Brushing should be supplemented by flossing the hard to reach areas in between teeth. Food typically gets caught in these spaces and if left there will drastically increase the amount of bacteria that is created. Flossing everyday will keep bacteria and therefore plaque at bay in the best way possible.
Having a healthy body is the best route to a healthy mouth. Eating crunchy veggies can act as a natural toothbrush as well as substitute sugary treats that may otherwise be consumed.
Stay Away From Sugar
Sugar allows bacteria to breed. Drinking sugary beverages or eating candy give bacteria a platform to launch an assault from. This causes plaque and can result in damage to your teeth.
Keep Regular Dentist Appointments
Visiting your dentist regularly for check ups and dental cleanings is the best way to keep your mouth healthy. It is important that plaque is thoroughly cleaned and tartar eradicated on a regular basis. Visiting your dentist will also ensure that any issues are caught early on and can be easily dealt with.
Check out Viewmount Dental’s website that can be found athttp://viewmountdental.com/ if you’d like more information about how you can fight the battle against plaque or to book an appointment with one of our expert dental hygienists.