Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums after eating foods that produce acids. Once plaque gets onto your teeth, you only have a short amount of time to remove it before it hardens. Most plaque hardens within 48 hours of formation, and within several days it will become so hard that the only way to remove it is with a dental cleaning.
Plaque can lead to gum irritation, soreness, and redness. Sometimes, your gums may begin to bleed as a result of plaque. This gradual degeneration can often cause gums to pull away from teeth. This condition is called receding gums.
Here are some tips to prevent plaque build-up:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Use a fluoride-containing toothpaste.
- Floss between teeth at least once a day.
- Use an antibacterial mouth rinse.
See your dentist or oral hygienist every 6 months for a check-up and dental cleaning for plaque removal.
For more information about plaque, contact the dentists at Summerlyn Dental Care in Bradford, Ontario.