We’ve all heard about plaque, and know we don’t want it. Read on for full disclosure of gum disease dangers that threaten both our oral health and our general health.
What are the recognised dangers of plaque build up?
- tooth decay
- tooth loss
- heart disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
What is dental plaque?
It’s true that we hear the word a lot, but may not be too clear about what it is.
- Plaque is bacteria. Bacteria, in a sticky substance the bacteria makes.
- Because plaque is colourless you can’t see it.
- Plaque is soft and can be brushed off.
- Plaque that stays on the teeth hardens to become tartar.
- Tartar has to be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
- Tartar is also called dental calculus.
How can I make sure my teeth are plaque-free?
Make sure you have a great oral hygiene routine:
- Brush for at least two minutes twice a day.
- Try an electric toothbrush.
- Use dental floss.
- Clean surfaces between teeth with inter-dental brushes or sticks.
- Rinse between brushes with an anti-bacterial mouthwash.
- Check how well you’re cleaning your teeth with plaque disclosing tablets.
What are the early stages of gum disease?
Periodontal disease can be prevented, so visit your dentist or dental hygienist for help if you have:
- sore, red gums;
- gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.
So what’s this about disclosing plaque with tablets?
Disclosing tablets aren’t just another product for the bathroom cabinet. They’re a useful tool that may help you protect your teeth, saving you money in the long run, and helping you keep a healthy mouth.
- Chewing a disclosing tablet, or swilling a bit of disclosing solution around the mouth, shows up plaque.
- Once you identify the areas you miss when you’re brushing, you can go back and try again.
- Using disclosing products helps you see a pattern in your tooth brushing, so you know which areas need more attention.
It’s important to have regular dental appointments to avoid gum disease dangers.
There’s no need to see a dentist before you visit your dental hygienist. SpaDental offers direct access appointments for dental hygiene and therapy. Please contact your nearest SpaDental to learn more.
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