Plaque and Your Teeth <ul><li>Plaque is the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. It makes teeth "feel fuzzy" to the tongue and is most noticeable when teeth are not brushed. </li></ul><ul><li>It is made up of invisible masses of harmful germs that live in the mouth and stick to the teeth. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Some types of plaque cause tooth decay </li></ul><ul><li>Other types of plaque cause gum disease </li></ul>
What Causes Plaque and Why Is It Harmful? <ul><li>Plaque develops when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, soft drinks, raisins, cakes, or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. </li></ul><ul><li>It can also develop on the tooth roots under the gum and cause breakdown of the bone supporting the tooth </li></ul>
How Can Plaque Formation Be Prevented? <ul><li>To prevent plaque buildup, brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft, rounded-tip bristled toothbrush . Pay particular attention to the space where the gums and teeth meet. Use a fluoride -containing toothpaste . </li></ul><ul><li>Floss between teeth at least once a day to remove food particles and bacteria. </li></ul>
<ul><li>See your dentist or oral hygienist every 6 months for a check-up and teeth cleaning. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat a balanced diet and limit the number of between-meal snacks. If you need a snack, choose nutritious foods such as plain yogurt, cheese, fruit, or raw vegetables. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Stain and examine your teeth regularly to make sure you are removing all plaque. </li></ul><ul><li>Use mouthwash. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Now things have changed a lot about our teeth. </li></ul><ul><li>If we follow the recommendations above, keep our teeth healthy gums with a good hygiene, balanced diet and visit your dentist regularly to have achieve a healthy mouth for much longer. </li></ul>
<ul><li>This presentation is about the definition of dental plaque, causes and because it is so damaging to the teeth. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to know about the plaque, because if not removed properly and on time can even cause tooth decay and periodontal disease, also speaks of how we can prevent it. </li></ul><ul><li>I agree with this presentation because it is essential that patients know something simple and easy aspects as plaque , further the possible consequences it may bring to the teeth, and that is possible get rid of it as having some common and daily habits such as proper brushing, flossing and mouthwash. </li></ul>
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