Plaque is that sticky, filmy stuff that forms on teeth. It is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. And that, in turn, is why the team at Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco reminds all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day.
Plaque is a biofilm that forms when foods with sugars and starches are not brushed away. The bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth thrive on these sugars and starches, and produce acids. Over time these acids destroy tooth enamel, leaving you with a cavity. Or maybe two.
Plaque is mostly colorless. When it isn’t brushed away, it leaves you with that rough or fuzzy feeling on the surface of your teeth.
You probably know where this short article is headed: keep your teeth clean! That means brushing and flossing.
- Brush at least twice each day, for two minutes.
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
- Be sure to get along the gumline, that place where your teeth and gums meet.
- Use a toothpaste with fluoride.
- Floss between the teeth to get bacteria and food debris.
- Ask us whether dental sealants are a good idea for you.
Plaque is always going to be there. But brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can keep it under control, and greatly reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum disease. If it hardens into tartar it can only be removed with a professional cleaning.
Having your teeth cleaned and examined at Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco should be part of your strategy for beating plaque and having a beautiful, healthy smile. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment!