What is plaque?
Plaque is the accumulation of sticky substance or film built on the teeth. It is generally colourless to pale yellow colour. After eating food if the mouth or teeth are not washed properly then the sticky food materials stick on the teeth leading to the formation of plaque. Plaque is also known as a biofilm.
When the plaque is allowed to stick on the teeth without cleansing it, it exaggerates and mineralizes into Tartar. It is then when a person needs to visit the dentist to get rid of the tartar or for the treatment of plaque.
What are the causes of dental plaque formation?
The oral cavity has the most hyper-active enzymes that help in breaking down the food into the simplest molecules. As the bacteria and other organisms get into the mouth when we eat, drink and breathe. When the bacteria become overabundant then the formation of plaque starts. Dental Plaque formation occurs when there is a consumption of carbohydrates, cold drinks, sugar products like cakes, candy or other sticky food. When the food mixes with saliva converting them into acid it creates plaque. When not washed properly it leads to the accumulation of the acids near the gum lines and on the lower part of the teeth.
What are the side-effects of dental plaque?
As the formation of plaque may degrade oral hygiene which may invite various other issues or problems such as cavities, gingivitis, tooth decay, bad breath. It also degrades the quality of tooth enamel.
What could be the probable ways for dental plaque removal?
As the oral cavity and its hygiene are one of the most vital things in a human’s life. It is always advisable to meet a dentist for the best of the treatments.
The following ways could help in preventing the formation of plaque:
- Use an electrical toothbrush. Brush at least for 2minutes and twice a day.
- Floss at least once every day.
- Using an anti-plaque toothpaste may help.
- Practising good oral hygiene.
- Swish with a good mouthwash.
- Lessen the intake of sugary food.
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