17 September 2008

Dental PlaqueIt's is feel sticky and looks like a colorless film that continually forms in between and on the surface of the teeth. Dental plaque is a biofilm that is made up of microorganisms such as streptococcus mutans or other bacteria. If dental plaque accumulates and is not removed, it can harden and turn into calculus or tartar.

The Cause and The Lead to of Dental Plaque
The bacteria in plaque release acids that attack the enamel surfaces of teeth soon as the food being consumed, especially above and below the gum line and in between the teeth. The repeated acid attacks increasingly erode the enamel, eventually causing tooth decay and cavities.

Dental PlaqueWhen plaque accumulates beneath the gum line, the associated buildup of bacteria and tartar can cause irritation and inflammation of the gum tissue and can lead to the development of gingivitis and gum disease. Irritated and inflamed gums appear red and may even bleed. Continued plaque accumulation can contribute to structural damage to your teeth and the bone supporting the teeth and gums, as well as other health complications.

Remove the Dental Plaque
  • ColgateTwice daily brushing and proper daily flossing will break up the plaque that naturally accumulates on teeth.
  • Brushing with a fluoride-based toothpaste will help to remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth and floss.
  • Interdental cleaners will remove plaque between the teeth.
  • If gums are red and inflamed after you brush teeth, immediately see your dentist.
Gingivitis and Early Periodontitis
  • Dental Check UpRoutine professional teeth cleanings.
  • More diligent brushing and flossing at home.
  • Root planing (remove plaque and calculus from around the roots of teeth and in the gum pockets ) may be necessary if there is an excessive buildup of plaque and calculus below the gum line. This procedure performed in dentist's office.
Prevent the Dental Plaque
  • Brushing and flossing at home.
  • Regular visits to dental professional for check-ups and cleanings. Visit your dentist at least twice each year to maintain optimal oral health.
  • More frequent prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) is necessary for some individuals.
Self Maintenance
  • SnackAvoid sugary, starchy snacks and product's containing Tobacco.
  • Limit the number of snacks you eat throughout the day.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily using a fluoride-based toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth daily, or use an interdental cleaner.

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