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What is plaque?

Many foods cause bacteria, such as candy, cookies, starches, bread, crackers, and cereal. These acid attacks, can cause your teeth to decay.

diagram showing plaque build-up on teeth

Plaque also produces elements that irritate the gums, which can make them red, tender or cause bleeding. After time, the gums can pull away from the teeth causing pockets to form and fill with additional bacteria and pus. If the gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed. This can cause the teeth to become loose or have to be removed. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss for adults.

One method to avert tooth decay and gum disease is by maintaining a healthy diet and limiting the number of snacks. If you do snack, try to select nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit.

Oral Health Care

What is daily oral health care?

Young girl demonstrating that you should brush your teeth

The best way to remove decay-causing plaque is by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Brush your teeth twice a day, with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, which will allow you to reach all teeth and gums effectively. Use fluoride toothpaste, which helps protect your teeth from decay. When selecting any dental product, make sure it has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, certifying the dental product’s safety and effectiveness.

Cleaning between the teeth once a day with floss or inter-dental cleaners helps remove plaque from between the teeth, which are regions where the toothbrush is not as effective. This along with brushing is essential in preventing gum disease. By regularly cleaning your teeth, maintaining a nutritious diet and scheduling regular visits to your dentist, you can have a lifetime of healthy teeth and an attractive smile.