Dental plaque is the most significant cause of tooth decay and should be a concern for anyone interested in good dental health. Dental plaque is a film caused by bacteria in the mouth and forms on teeth. It can be completely colorless or have a slightly yellow tint. If it is not removed it will harden and become tartar. Plaque, if left unattended, will lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Dental plaque needs to be taken seriously.
When you eat or drink foods high in sugar the bacteria in your mouth turns these sugars into acids that can dissolve tooth enamel and the bacteria multiply using this sugar as a food source. It is this bacteria that is the source of dental plaque. The formation of plaque cannot be prevented but it can be discouraged and slowed down. This starts with brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a good quality soft bristled tooth brush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Dental floss should be used at least once a day in conjunction with your brushing to help prevent the build up of dental plaque. Be sure to rinse your mouth well after brushing and flossing.
Sugar free gum may be able to help some people to fight a plaque problem. The saliva in your mouth is the natural enemy to the bacteria and acids that cause dental plaque to form. Chewing sugar free gum after a meal will stimulate the production of saliva and reduce the chances of dental plaque forming. Tablets are also available that will turn the plaque in your mouth a very visible color so that you can see it and better be able to remove it. These tablets are most effectively used right before brushing. Herbal treatments for dental plaque utilizing substances like pomegranate, cranberry, and sage have also been shown to be effective and may appeal to those who wish to attempt a more natural solution to the problem.
You should visit your Dental Plaque at least twice a year for a dental check ups and cleanings to help remove dental plaque. Check ups will allow your dentist to catch any problems early before they can develop into something more serious. If you are having dental issues, your dentist may suggest that you come in more often. A good dental cleaning is the most effective way to remove dental plaque, especially if it has already hardened.