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Plaque Control

What is plaque? Plaque is a soft and sticky layer that builds up were the teeth and the gums connect. This plaque contains millions of bacteria which can lead to problems such as gum disease and tooth decay if not taken care off.  Plaque can be kept under control by brushing and flossing on daily basis. There are several techniques which a patient can take to make sure the plaque is under control. There are a variety of ways in which we can take hands on to help when it comes to having a good oral hygiene. Not only are tooth brushing and flossing the only way to help plaque removal but, the following are also ways in which we can contribute to help minimize the plaque in our teeth.

                Going a step further disclosing tablets are also very practical when it comes to controlling the plaque building up along the gum line or on the tooth surface. These disclosing tablets allow the plaque to become more visible to the naked eye. The plaque will usually turn a different color such as pink, blue, orange, any other bright color to indicate were plaque have been building up and to be removed by brushing. These tablets are very practical allowing you to be able to brush all the plaque that you can visually see with the naked eye. Brushing should also be accompanied by flossing on a regular. Flossing will help remove any food particles and dental plaque from the areas between the teeth which the toothbrush is unable to reach. Another way to help is by regularly using mouthwash to help kill bacteria that is being stored away. Going that extra mile for your teeth will most definitely pay off when having healthy teeth.pc

Fighting against plaque can be hard but can be done if techniques above are being used. If plaque is not removed on a daily basis this plaque can harden and become tartar. If tartar continues to build up, gum tissue can become red and swollen and can possibly begin to bleed when brushing and flossing. This is called gingivitis and early stage of a periodontal problem, Gingivitis can be reversible with professional and a good oral hygiene but, if gingivitis is left untreated this can lead to an advanced periodontitis which can severely lead into a form of gum disease. Protecting your teeth and gums should be a priority as your health begins from your mouth to the rest of your body. The fight against dental plaque is yours help your teeth be in nice and healthy shape for them to last you a life time.

Since plaque is something that is constantly building up in our mouths we should be taking care of it on a daily basis. Brushing and flossing should be a daily process which can be accompanied by mouth washing and if possible giving it a step more and using disclosing tablets to fight the plaque off. Not only will this be an effective way of fighting it off but, also your regular dental cleanings at your dental office Smiles On Bristol.  If you or any family member have any questions regarding dental plaque, please be sure to contact our friendly dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari at our office Smiles On Bristol.Contact Us