Posted February 28, 2011
What is plaque? Plaque is colorless and not always easy to see, but it can cause many oral health problems. When you run your tongue over your teeth, you may feel some plaque. Unfortunately, this is the main source of cavities and gum disease.
Plaque can be a problem for everyone because it is caused by bacteria and sugar in the mouth, and it constantly forms on your teeth. The best solution to prevent plaque from damaging your teeth is to follow these dental care recommendations:
- Brush thoroughly at least twice a day to remove plaque from tooth surfaces
- If you can’t brush your teeth after eating, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, or chew sugarless gum
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between the teeth and under the gumline
- Limit consumption of sugary and starchy foods and sticky snacks
- When enjoying a snack between meals, choose cheese, raw veggies, yogurt or other foods low in sugar
- Visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning to remove any accumulation of plaque
If plaque is left untreated, it can irritate the gums around your teeth, resulting in gingivitis (swollen, red, bleeding gums), periodontal disease and possibly tooth loss.
What is your treatment plan to keep plaque under control? How often do you schedule a dental checkup for an examination and cleaning? – Scott Delisi, Ameritas Group