What Is Plaque and How Do We Get Rid of It

A lot of people believe that it is only normal to lose teeth as you grow older. However, that is not entirely the case. But by following dental care routines religiously, we can make sure that our teeth and gums remain healthy and you can enjoy your teeth for a long time and even a lifetime.

However, the plaque is one of the culprits that results to tooth loss. Plaque is actually accumulated harmful bacteria that lives in the mouth and attaches themselves to the teeth and inner area of the gums. There are some types of plaques that result to tooth decay whereas some causes gum disease.

Basically, the first signs of gum disease are red, swollen or bleeding gums. If this is left untreated, it causes the destruction of the tissues that holds the teeth in place and eventually results in tooth loss.

But it is quite difficult to see dental plaque unless you stain it. There are actually disclosing tablets which can be purchased over the counter in numerous pharmacies. By chewing these red tables, you will be able to find out where the plaques are in your teeth and you can brush these areas again to remove the plaque. Try to do this regularly to make sure that you are removing all the plaque in your mouth.

You can seek advice from your dentist or hygienist regarding plaque removal techniques. They can give you the proper ways to get rid of them and protect your teeth.

But here’s set routine that can help you get rid of plaque from your gums and teeth:

First, you need to use a floss to remove the food particles, germs, and other debris that are stuck between the teeth and rinse them away. Remember to ease in the floss between the teeth gently and never snap it into place since this may damage your gums and cause bleeding which will cause germs to seep into the blood stream.

Second, you can use any toothbrush method that you are comfortable using. But never brush your teeth hard. Simply use the circular method and small back and forth motions. You can also opt to use a soft-bristled toothbrush as well as fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth. If you are using fluoride toothpaste, don’t rinse with water since this will wash away the fluoride that is intended to strengthen and protect your teeth from tooth decay. Instead, you can simply spit it out or use a mouthwash to rinse your teeth.  you can also use a dental pick, which is a think plastic stick, to remove and brush in between the teeth. You can buy these at drugstores and also grocery stores.

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