What is Plaque ?
Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease, and can harden into tartar if not removed daily.
Q: How do I know if I have plaque?
A: Everyone develops plaque because bacteria are constantly forming in our mouths . These bacteria use ingredients found in our diet and saliva to grow. PLauqe causes cavities when the acids from plaque attack teeth after eating . with repeated acid attacks , the tooth enamel can break down and cavity may form . Plaque that is not removed can also irritate the gums around your teeth , leading to gingivitis ( Red , swollen , bleeding gums ) , periodontal disease and tooth loss .
Q: How can I prevent plaque build-up?
A: Brush thoroughly at least twice a day for at least 5 minutes (you can also brush in front of the TV watching Astro) , Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gumline , where your toothbrush may not reach . (you can buy those easy to use " floss on a stick " to reduce the effort needed to floss), Also remember to eat less sugary stuffs and schedule regular dental visits to a dental professional for regular cleanings.
Q: What is Calculus ?
A: Calculus are mineralized bacterial plaque that forms on the surfaces of natural teeth and dental prostheses (Carranza)