Dental Plaque

Complete Dental Guide

Dental Plaque

What Does Dental Plaque Buildup Lead To?

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains bacteria. The bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease if they are not removed regularly through brushing and flossing. After eating a meal or snack, the bacteria in plaque release acids that attack the enamel surfaces of teeth, especially above and below the gum line and in between the teeth.

Removal Of Dental Plaque

If your gums appear healthy, with no inflammation or redness in appearance then twice daily brushing and proper daily flossing will break up the plaque that naturally accumulates on your teeth. Brushing with a fluoride-based toothpaste will help to remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and floss or interdental cleaners will help to remove plaque between your teeth.

Since plaque is constantly growing in your mouth, the best way to remove it and to prevent tartar build-up is to brush and floss your teeth every day.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque from tooth surfaces and protect your teeth from decay.
  • Clean between teeth daily (preferably before bedtime) with floss or an interdental cleaner to remove plaque from the places where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is essential to preventing gum disease.
  • Since plaque is a sticky substance, you must brush and floss to help remove it. Mouth rinses alone will not provide enough plaque removal to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks, which can provide more sugar for the bacteria in plaque to convert into decay-causing acids.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Prevention Dental Plaque Buildup

The best way to avoid the buildup of dental plaque is with thorough brushing and flossing at home. The best way to avoid a build up of calculus is through regular visits to your dental professional for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist will advise you how frequently you should make an appointment. This is dependent on the level of risk you have for future dental problems. If you have good oral health, your dentist may advise your next visit be in 12 months. As a rule of thumb, most patients are advised to visit their dentist every 6 months. This is to identify any potential problems early, as treatment is more effective.

To prevent excessive plaque buildup in between visits to your dentist, keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Avoid sugary and starchy snacks.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Refrain from using tobacco products.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily using a fluoride-based toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth daily, or use an inter dental cleaner.