Do you know the impact of plaque? If not, Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry in Woodstock, Georgia, is here to enlighten you. Here are some common questions and answers:
What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky, colorless material which incessantly forms on your teeth. Its ingredients include bacteria, sugar and acid and is created from elements of your diet and saliva.
How does plaque harm my teeth?
One component of plaque is acid. This acid can progressively erode your tooth enamel, forming cavities. In a single day, plaque may coagulate into tartar. Tartar can turn your teeth brown or yellow. It is also one of the main causes of gum disease. Only a dental professional can safely and effectively remove tartar from your teeth.
What can I do to battle plaque?
If you would like to have healthy teeth for the rest of your life, it is absolutely essential to battle plaque every single day. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once. It’s also important that you visit Dr. Christine Lee once every six months for a cleaning to remove any tartar and exam to check for cavities or other issues. Finally, remember to choose tooth-healthy foods and drinks that are low in sugar and acid so that the bacteria in your mouth have fewer opportunities to form plaque. If you’d like to do more for amazing results, consider chewing sugarless gum after meals, brushing three times a day instead of two, or using mouthwash in your daily oral hygiene routine.
If you would like a cleaning and exam or you have questions not answered in this blog, don’t hesitate to ring Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry in Woodstock, Georgia at 770.592.7000.