If you have toothache, sensitive teeth, inflamed gums, or some other more serious dental issue, usually the main culprit is always the same, plaque. Plaque can be very sneaky in the ways it sticks to your teeth and the issues it can cause you are expensive in many ways, money being the least of them.
What Causes It
Eating foods high in sugars or starch leave behind residue on your teeth. If that residue stays there for too long, plaque will begin to develop. Bacteria that live in your mouth will thrive on the “leftovers”, producing acids as a result. In time those acids will destroy your tooth enamel, which will result in cavities. Not satisfied with just ruining the teeth, plaque can also develop on the roots of your teeth, causing damage to the bone supporting the tooth.
Good dental hygiene is of paramount importance in protecting your teeth from plaque. You have to brush at least twice a day, paying special attention to the area where your teeth and gums meet. It is also essential to make sure that you use fluoride based toothpaste. Floss daily, and whenever you can, use an antibacterial mouth rinse.
If your dentist thinks it is appropriate, apply dental sealants to your teeth as this will protect your teeth from much of the damage that can causes cavities. Eating a balanced diet with as few in-between meal snacks as possible is a big plus, especially if you make sure to limit your consumption of foods that are high in carbohydrates.
Finally, make sure to see your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups. Most of the issues caused by plaque can be prevented if caught in time. If you do that, both your wallet and your general well-being will be spared. You will also feel more comfortable knowing that your teeth are in good order and dread your next visit to the dentist less and less.