Avoiding Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is a common causative factor for caries and periodontal disease. Dental plaque is an almost colourless sticky bacterial film, which adheres to the tooth surface. It is not removed by rinsing with water. The accumulation of dental plaque around the gum margin leads to the development of gingivitis in most people. The longer the plaque is left, the greater the risk of gingivitis. Gingivitis is characterised by inflamed, reddened gums which bleed easily during normal toothbrushing. Daily careful plaque removal is required to prevent gingivitis. Plaque is also involved in causing dental decay. When foods containing sugars are eaten the bacteria in plaque break down the sugars and acid is produced. This acid then dissolves the surface of the enamel under the plaque causing dental decay (caries). Plaque is difficult to see and therefore can be difficult to remove. A special dye in the form of a disclosing tablet can be used to stain the plaque making it easier to see. These tablets are available in most chemists. It’s important to make regular visits to your dentist in order to avoid these problems and to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Contact us here at the clinic to make an appointment.

On May 28, 2014, posted in: Practice News by
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