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What is Plaque?

Plaque is the main factor that causes tooth decay and gum disease. It is a sticky combination of bacteria and food which starts to build up on teeth within 20 minutes after a person eats. The plaque further turns into a hard deposit known as tartar.

Plaque and Tarter produce bacteria and toxins which cause gums problems like

  • Cavities – The holes that destroy the structure of the teeth
  • Gingivitis which causes inflammation and bleeding gums
  • Bad breath or Halitosis
  • Periodontitis - The bone and ligaments that support the teeth are destructed often leading to tooth loss
  • Abscesses, pain, and inability to use teeth

Importance of having good oral habits

  • It prevents your gums from getting damaged
  • It controls bad breath
  • Increases the life of your teeth
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Makes smile attractive
  • Avoids gum disease, which can cause damage to the gum tissue and the bones that support teeth, and in the long term, can lead to the loss of teeth
  • Most importantly, it Improves overall health

How to obtain good dental care

  • Brushing and flossing your teeth at least two times a day. It helps in getting rid of the bacteria that lead to bad breath
  • Going for frequent dental check-ups. Getting your teeth checked every 6 months is ideal but can vary from 3 months to 2 years, depending upon your tooth condition.
  • Having a healthy and balanced diet.