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dental plaque

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What steals your pearly white smile is the formation of dental plaque. It refers to a sticky film of bacteria formed on your teeth when you do not maintain proper oral hygiene. The bacteria in the plaque produce acids after you consume food or beverages. The acids so produced not only make your teeth discolored but also lead to cavities. In the worst-case scenario, such build-up may result in gingivitis and advance into its stages. Plaque may also develop under your gums on the tooth roots and break down the bones that support your teeth. If untreated, it can harden into tartar, thus becoming tough to remove. 

What are the Causes of Dental Plaque? 

  • Dental plaque is caused by the growth of bacteria and other germs in your mouth when you eat certain foods and drink beverages. For instance, the consumption of carbohydrates, sugary, and starchy foods leads to such accumulation at large. 

  • The formation of dental plaque is a common problem among heavy smokers. 

  • Poor oral hygiene and skipping dental cleanings are other reasons you may have plaque. 

What are the Symptoms of Dental Plaque? 

  • Bad breath, also known as halitosis, for a majority of your day 

  • Fuzzy feeling in the teeth 

  • Bleeding gums and receding gum line

  • Red, swollen, and softer gums, particularly after brushing and flossing your teeth.

How to Treat Plaque? 

Dental Cleaning - When you visit our clinic for treatment, we perform dental cleaning using dental instruments to remove the build-up. If the plaque is too stubborn to be removed using manual tools, we may use lasers to remove such accumulation. Regular dental cleaning not only treats plaque but also keeps bacteria, germs, and other elements at bay. 

Dental Sealants - Dental sealants cover your enamel. Thus, no accumulation of plaque, tartar, or bacteria takes place. It is one of the most sought-after treatments to maintain oral hygiene, especially in children. 

 

Fluoride Treatment - We may give you a fluoride treatment to slow down the growth of plaque-causing bacteria and to stop tooth decay. The procedure includes applying a fluoride gel on your teeth, keeping it for some time, and rinsing it. Do not eat or drink anything for two hours after the treatment. 

 

MedicationTreatment of plaque also includes dry mouth medication to encourage the production of saliva in your mouth. We may also prescribe toothpaste as well as antibacterial mouthwash. Furthermore, you must practice brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth regularly. 

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