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.