Plaque is a very nasty substance made from bacteria and germs that covers your teeth. Plaque sticks to your teeth and begins processes like tooth decay and gum disease.
What are the signs?
If your gums are red and puffy, you could be seeing the beginning stages of gum disease, which causes a breakdown of the tissue in your gums. Without this tissue there is nothing holding your teeth, causing the potential for them to fall out.
How to Remove Plaque
The great fact about plaque is that it can be removed from your teeth in multiple ways! The first, flossing. You know those tiny crevasses between your teeth? Even they have plaque! Combat the growth of plaque in those areas by flossing each day. Don’t forget to rinse after!
Brush your teeth in small circular motions after you have flossed. The circular motions are a soft way to gently remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. After brushing your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue! Even your tongue has germs and food particles that can grow bacteria. Always rinse after brushing.
Plaque is dangerous to your oral health, but it is also very preventable! Even though we did not mention it above, it’s also a great idea to go see a dentist regularly to ensure your teeth are healthy in more ways than just rid of plaque.
Make your appointment to see a member of our Progressive Family Dentistry team!
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