Plaque Problems

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You’ve seen the commercials to fight against plaque and tartar build up – do you know why? These two trouble makers can start off small, but can cause some serious problems in your mouth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that develops and clings to your teeth. The film is also colourless and tends to hang around your gum line. The bacteria found in plaque contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. As you let plaque develop and do not remove it in a timely manner, it can harden into tartar. The best way to remove it and prevent tartar build-up is to routinely brush your teeth. Eventually if not taken care of, it can infect your gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth too! Prevent plaque problems by brushing at least twice a day and floss at night. Keep a watchful eye on your diet by limiting starchy snacks and sugary drinks. Make sure to stay clear of ones that can stick to your teeth! The longer they are on your teeth, the higher the risk. Remember a dental cleaning at least twice a year will also help to keep your teeth clean and plaque-free. For more questions about plaque and tartar problems, contact us at Southwood Dental Studio in London.

– Dr. Agrawal

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