Dental Plaque: What is it?

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Plaque can cause your teeth to appear dull and not feel smooth. It is difficult to see, but plaque is made up of invisible masses of harmful germs that live in the mouth and stick to our teeth. Not a very pleasant thought and more than likely makes you want to go brush your teeth…right now!

Some types of plaque cause tooth decay, while other types cause gum disease. That is why it is important to brush our teeth at least twice a day and visit your dentist every 6 months for a thorough cleaning.

If you notice red, puffy or bleeding gums when you brush you may be noticing the first signs of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease destroys the tissues holding the teeth in place and teeth will eventually be lost.

The best ways to remove dental plaque it to first floss to remove germs and food particles between the teeth. Next, brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride protects teeth from decay. You may also want to brush your tongue to remove germs from there as well.