Plaque, the colorless substance that develops on our teeth, can result in serious consequences to our oral health if left untreated. Plaque is typically most noticeable in the mornings, before we brush, and after meals.
First, it is important to understand how plaque develops. Plaque is the result of bacteria in the mouth feeding on the sugars and starches that linger from the foods we eat. When plaque is not removed, it can ultimately begin to eat away at the enamel and eventually result in cavities and tooth decay. Further, plaque can invade the gums and cause gum disease.
The most common reason for plaque buildup is simply a lack of good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing between teeth is the remedy. We recommend that our patients use fluoride toothpaste with a soft bristled toothbrush and an antibacterial mouthwash that will assist in killing the bacteria.
Poor eating habits can also contribute to the presence of plaque. Limit the consumption of snacks between meals which can provide more sugar for the bacteria in plaque to convert into decay-causing acid.
It is important and vital to your health to visit your dentist in Beverly Hills for professional cleaning and oral exam twice a year. Our mouth and teeth are a critical part of the anatomy that directly correlate with our overall health and livelihood and if mistreated it will manifest into diseases that might become lifelong problems. It is your job to keep it clean and sanitary. For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact us at 310.278.0600.