Oral health is essential to overall health. Good oral health improves a person’s ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and make facial expressions to show feelings and emotions.Good self-care, such as brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and professional treatment, is key to good oral health.
Health behaviors that can lead to poor oral health include:
- Tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol use
- Poor dietary choices
Do you know what is Plaque?
- 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.
What Causes Plaque and Why Is It Harmful?
- Plaque develops when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, soft drinks or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Plaque build up can cause harm to the entire mouth by contributing to other conditions like gingivitis.
- Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. Plaque can also develop on the tooth roots under the gum and cause breakdown of the bone supporting the tooth.
- The dental plaque, if left undisturbed and allowed to mature, hardens into a thick chunks and bands called tartar or calculus.The tartar provides a safe niche for the more resistant kind of bacteria which initiate an inflammatory response which will further damage the supporting tissues of the teeth and lead to pain, drifting and loosening of the teeth.
How to help Prevent prevent the accumulation and formation of dental Plaque Formation?
Practice the daily routine of oral hygiene i.e:
- Brushing twice daily,
- Rinsing mouth after every meal/snack,
- Avoiding in between meals snacking,
- Use of dental floss
- Get a professional cleaning (scaling) or oral prophylaxis done once in six months by your dentist
Eat a healthy diet:
- Incorporate fruit and vegetables into your diet.
- Drink the recommended amounts of water for overall health and to wash away plaque.
- reduce intake of Sweets such as : candies and cakes , they help plaque thrive by weakening tooth enamel.
Clean your entire mouth:
- Use a tongue scraper or the back of your toothbrush to remove plaque from your tongue.
- Use floss or a dental pick to clean along the gum line
- Quit smoking as it stains your and builds tartar and plague formation on your teeth.
- Avoid tobacco chewing which do builds tartar and plague formation on your teeth.
Maintain your oral health by brushing twice daily, flossing once-a-day, and rinse with mouthwash to help prevent the build up of plaque.