It is possible that you may not be alone…because bacteria in your mouth can cause cavities and gingivitis, leading to tooth loss and painful gum disease. Plaque is the bacteria that live in your mouth. So what is going on here? Let’s take a closer look at plaque and find out how to get rid of it, how to prevent it from resurfacing, and how to maintain strong, healthy teeth for the rest of our lives.
Plaques: what are they?
Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that accumulates on teeth, including in places where traditional toothbrushes cannot reach. Your mouth is infected with bacteria that can produce acids that damage your teeth and cause disease if left untreated.
As a result of plaque, the gums become red, sensitive, and prone to bleeding. This can irritate gums to a point that causes them to eventually move upwards and away from the teeth, causing pockets to form with bacteria and pus. If the gums aren’t treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed, and the teeth become loose or have to be removed. That’s gum disease – and it’s on the rise!
Plaque-causing foods include:
Sugars and starches other than sugars
What can I do to get rid of plaque?
Brushing and cleaning between your teeth every day is the best way to tackle plaque. Without proper daily oral hygiene, plaque will overpower and result in numerous dental issues. It’s as important as showering daily, and scrubbing all over your body – neglecting some areas like your underarms would still lead to inadequate hygiene and a funny smell.
It is also important not to brush every inch of your teeth. To accomplish this, you should brush from every angle and side for a total of 120 seconds, or for 2 full minutes in total. You can also invest in a smart toothbrush, one that will automatically clean every spot on your teeth like a professional. Here is a link to the AutoBrush!
Plaques are no more! Say goodbye to plaque forever!