In order to understand dental health, you have to understand about plague and tartar and how to protect your teeth against these substances that can if given the opportunity lead to dental problems.Plague is a sticky film of bacteria that is also colorless. Sugars can aid in building up plaque on your teeth. Plague is the main cause of dental cavities and also gum disease. Plague can harden and become tartar. Tartar on your teeth cannot be removed except by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Plague is something that everyone has forming in his or her mouth. Bacteria can form on plague, which can turn, into acids that attack the enamel of our teeth, which will then form into a cavity. Plague can also contribute to dental disease such as gingivitis.
Did you know that plague that is not removed could irritate the gums around each tooth, leading to gingivitis? Gingivitis is when your gums become red and swollen. Plague that remains on the surface of teeth and gums can also lead to periodontal disease and if not treated, tooth loss.
Knowing just how bad plague is for your teeth and gums is it any wonder that people want to know what they can do to get rid of the plague in their mouths? You can prevent plague buildup by practicing proper dental hygiene. Proper dental hygiene includes brushing all surfaces of each tooth at least twice every day and removing plague from between each tooth and from under the gumline by flossing at least once each day.
You can also fight plague by limiting the amount of sugary foods that you eat and also by visiting your doctor every six months for dental examinations and cleanings. These professional cleanings and dental examinations are necessary to remove both plague and tartar from your teeth that you miss, no matter how well you brush and floss. The scaling that the dentist does during your dental visits removes plaque and tartar from the crown and from the root of each tooth.
Tartar is the hardened mineral deposit that forms above and below the gums. The tartar stains easily when it is built up in the mouth, it may be yellow or brown in color. Individuals with poor dental hygiene usually have both plaque and tartar in their mouths.
There are two distinct classes of tartar. The two classes are supragingival and subgingival. Supragingival are the calculus deposits that are above the gum, and subginvival are tartar that forms below the gum. You cannot remove tartar by using your toothbrush or floss. Only your dentist can remove tartar with special equipment. Tartar can lead to a greater risk for periodontal disease.
The best thing you can do to prevent tartar build-up is to practice good daily oral care and to have your teeth cleaned professionally by a dentist twice a year. Some individuals even purchase tartar control toothpaste to help reduce formation of tartar.