17 April, 2019

Plaque buildup inflames your gums and does more than just threaten your dental health.

A growing body of research has linked plaque buildup to a number of other health problems that may jeopardize your life!

What is Plaque

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease if not removed regularly through brushing and flossing.

What Causes Plaque Buildup on Teeth

Plaque forms as a result of chemical reactions that take place in your mouth. In order to create plaque, your mouth needs bacteria, carbohydrates, food particles and saliva.

Plaque starts to form as you chew and break down your food/carbohydrates. The carbohydrates then combine with the natural bacteria in your mouth to create an acid. This acid eats away at enamel and combines with left-behind particles of food and saliva to form plaque. Plaque that is not removed daily can eventually harden into tartar.

The Effects of Plaque and Tartar Buildup on Teeth

Both tartar and plaque are full of harmful bacteria. If plaque or tartar is not removed quickly, your gums can become red, swollen and possibly bleed when you brush your teeth. This is called gingivitis, an early stage of gum (periodontal) disease. Untreated gum disease can develop into an aggressive condition that produces a chronic infection and loosens the roots of teeth from the bone and gums. Advanced gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.

All of these conditions can affect the health of the oral cavity, and may require tooth extractions, tissue grafting procedures or replacement teeth such as dental implants.

Scientists have also identified several links between plaque buildup and other health problems. Theses heath issues include:

How to Prevent Plaque

Since plaque needs carbohydrates to form, the fewer you eat, the better. Avoid candy, cookies, and other sweet things as much as possible in order to prevent plaque build-up.

However, it’s not reasonable to avoid all carbohydrates. Many healthy foods still contain carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables.  

To prevent plaque buildup, the best thing you can do is to brush and floss twice a day. Brushing removes plaque on your teeth while flossing removes  food particles and debris from between your teeth.

How to Remove Plaque

Once plaque gets onto your teeth, you have a limited amount of time to remove it before it hardens. Most plaque hardens and turns into tartar within 48 hours of formation, and within several days it will become so hard that it is almost impossible to remove. The only way to remove tartar buildup entirely is to see your dentist for a professional teeth cleaning.

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry

Snow Family Dentistry has been serving the east valley are for over 40 years. We are a family owned and operated, and are committed to exceeding your dentistry expectations!

Do you have tartar build up on your teeth? If so, contact us today to book a cleaning!