Plaque is an extremely sticky, colorless to pale yellow deposit of biofilm that regularly forms on your teeth.
What is tooth plaque?
When saliva, food, and fluids combine they produce bacteria deposits, which collect where the teeth and gums meet.
Plaque contains bacteria, which produce acids that attack your tooth enamel and can damage your gums. If not treated, the damage could become permanent. When plaque accumulates and is not removed, it can mineralize, trapping stains and turning into tartar. Plaque is the root cause of many oral health issues. The most effective way to get rid of plaque is by using an electric toothbrush.
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What is Tartar?
Tartar is a yellow or brown colored deposit that forms when plaque mineralizes on your teeth. Susceptibility to tartar build up varies greatly depending on the individual person. Generally, as you age, you become more prone to having tartar form on your teeth.
Tartar buildup bonds strongly to enamel and can only be removed by a dental professional. If you start seeing any signs of plaque or tartar buildup, be sure to seek treatment immediately.
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Treatment and Prevention of Plaque and Tartar
Plaque buildup can lead to gingivitis and gum disease so it is important to take steps for treatment and prevention.
- See your dental professional every 6 months for a thorough cleaning.
- Brush with an anti-bacterial fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque between teeth.
- Use a quality toothbrush and remember to replace it every 3 months.
- Add a mouth rinse to your routine to help protect against the buildup of plaque and prevent gingivitis.
- Eating well-balanced meals and brushing after snacks will help to reduce the formation of plaque.
When it comes to plaque and tartar, a healthier mouth starts with good brushing habits.
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