Your teeth are covered with a sticky film called plaque that can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque contains bacteria, which following a meal or snack containing sugar can release acids that attack tooth enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to break down, eventually resulting in cavities.
Causes of plaque
During the day everyone will get some plaque on their teeth. This happens after eating, drinking and when bacteria enters the mouth. Plaque is a completely natural process. You cannot prevent this from happening.
Symptoms of plaque
On different places and spots between your teeth plaque can develop. Plaque mostly accumulates in places where people do not brush and/or forget to brush. Places such as: between your teeth, at the edges of your gums, crowns, bridges and implants.
Effects of plaque
- causing of cavities
- plaque can become tartar
- plaque can result in bad breath
Remove and prevent plaque
The best treatment to remove plaque is to brush your teeth regularly according to the advice of Dr. Peter Blijdorp. Visit your dentist at least twice a year and have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist.
Frequently asked questions about plaque
Do I need to floss every day?
Yes! Flossing is an essential part of any oral healthcare routine. By flossing daily, you help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.