What Causes Plaque?

Adult man smiling outside in the cityWhat is plaque?  Have you ever experienced your teeth feeling “fuzzy?” That’s the feeling of the clear, sticky film of bacteria called dental plaque. If left on the teeth (both above and below the gum line), plaque can cause serious dental and oral health problems.

The bacteria in plaque feed on sugars and starches, releasing acid. That acid eats away at tooth enamel over time. This can lead to a number of issues from cavities, inflamed gums, and even bone loss in the jaw. So, what can you do to prevent or treat plaque?  Read on for some tips from Cumming, GA dentist Dr. Jordan.

  • Diet – Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and carbs is great way to combat plaque buildup and its harmful effects. Limiting snacks between meals is also helpful since acid production increases every time you eat.
  • Avoid Sticky and Sugary Foods – Sticky and sugary foods are particular bad for your dental health. The stickiness of foods like taffy and caramel cause the sugars to coat your teeth, compounding the negative dental effects of the sugar.
  • Brush and floss – You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day and floss daily. Electric toothbrushes are particularly good at removing plaque.
  • Dental Appointments – Get your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months and make sure to not skip dentist appointments.

Make sure to take good care of your teeth with regular Cumming dental appointments. Returning and new patients should contact us at (770) 888-6262 to schedule your cleanings today!

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