Have you ever felt that fuzzy coating on your teeth after eating, drinking or forgetting to brush? As you run your tongue over your teeth, you just know they aren’t clean, fresh and bright. So, what is the coating you’re feeling?
Plaque is a thin coating made up of bacteria and food particles that stick to teeth. It’s not easy to remove and requires a good brushing and flossing to get rid of it. If we were to leave plaque on our teeth, it would turn into calculus, also known as tartar. Once the plaque transforms into calculus or tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional.
No amount of brushing can remove this hard buildup! The only thing that will help your teeth feel smooth and healthy again once tartar has set in is visiting us for a cleaning. If left unchecked, tartar will cause tooth decay and gum disease, resulting in the need for expensive dental care further down the road, not to mention pain.
Prioritise Your Oral Health
To prevent plaque buildup on your teeth, it’s important to watch your sugar intake. Diets higher in refined sugars will assist in the formation of plaque, but natural sugars can also contribute to it. For the reduction of sugar intake to be effective, you must remember to brush twice a day and floss at least once per day, making sure your oral hygiene remains a top priority! And don’t forget to schedule your regular checkups with us too!