You are probably familiar with the words plaque and tartar when talking about oral hygiene. It is in fact normal, not to say unavoidable, for plaque and tartar to form on your teeth. This doesn’t however mean that you shouldn’t pay attention to plaque and tartar. On the contrary, it is essential to remove them in order to avoid other dental diseases from forming and for overall oral health.
The Centre Dentaire & D’implantologie Boucherville tell you everything you need to know about plaque and tartar build-up and removal. When you come in for your appointment, your South Shore dentist will thoroughly remove these particles through scaling and advise you on the most effective and healthy oral habits.
Plaque Is Normal, but Not Trivial
The first thing you need to know is that plaque forms continuously on the surface of the enamel of teeth. When we eat food, this fine particle, also known as biofilm, gets stuck to the enamel. The biofilm is essentially an accumulation of bacteria mixed with food residues and saliva.
This sticky film can be removed at home with effective brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed and builds up over time, the plaque hardens and becomes what is known as tartar. Tartar is too tough for toothbrushes and can only be removed using dental devices.
The most common conditions associated with plaque and tartar build-up are tooth decay and gingivitis.
This is because the bacteria in plaque mix with the sugars you eat to form acids that over time erode the enamel. This is how holes are formed. These holes become cavities.
Furthermore, gum disease can also be brought on by the bacteria that stick to the gum and can even get under it. This causes inflammation, and although gingivitis is not serious in itself, it can lead to periodontal disease, which is itself far more serious. Periodontal disease can lead to tooth loosening and damage to the supporting bone of the teeth. Not only are these conditions painful, they can ultimately lead to the loss of teeth.
Tartar can also cause yellowing of the teeth and bad breath, which are serious consequences.
You should be aware that several factors influence the formation of tartar. A diet with too much sugar is one example, as is smoking. Inadequate oral hygiene obviously leads to the development of tartar.
Nevertheless, some people are also predisposed to it, for biological or hormonal reasons as an example. Pregnancy, puberty and diabetes are risk factors that remain outside the control of many. So, thoroughness is necessary. If you recognize yourself in these situations, don’t hesitate to ask your Boucherville dentist for advice.
Because plaque forms continuously, brushing your teeth after each meal is the best way to fight tartar. As a bacterium is not limited to the front of the teeth, flossing at least once a day is also essential. Regular visits to the dentist can also help you remove tartar and control oral health risks.
Plaque and tartar should be taken seriously. They are not diseases, but they can lead to disease! Visit the Boucherville dental centre for your next cleaning and scaling.
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