If you run your tongue over your teeth before you brush them, chances are that you will feel a thin film attached on the surface of your teeth. This film is known as plaque and can cause many problems if it turns into tartar, a calciferous mineral that can lead to many oral health problems.
At Smilecraft, we advise our patients to book frequent visits to the dentist in Stevenage in order to have plaque and tartar professionally removed from the teeth. Even if someone brushes and flosses regularly, chances are that plaque deposits are still in-between their teeth and gums.
What is plaque?
Plaque consists of bacteria and food remains that form a film over the teeth after a meal. Over time, plaque hardens into a substance known as tartar and is gradually deposited in the teeth and gums. If you fail to remove plaque day by day with brushing and flossing, chances are that you will soon experience gum disease and/or tooth decay. However, brushing and flossing on their own are not enough – you should also visit the dentist in Stevenage. They have all the right tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth before it’s too late.
Ideally, you want to have plaque removed from your teeth and gums, before it turns into a problem. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily will help keep plaque at bay to a certain extent and will prevent it from turning into tartar. However, some areas in the mouth are hard to reach and plaque likes to hide in these places. Your dentist in Stevenage has all the right tools to clean your teeth thoroughly and prevent plaque from creating problems.
Protection against plaque
Fortunately, there are ways to protect against plaque without having to visit the dentist in Stevenage all the time. Plaque is at its most vulnerable state a few hours after eating. Always brush and floss your teeth. Ideally, you should also use an antibacterial mouthwash. Even if you are a great brusher and flosser, you will still need to see your dentist from time to time. The standard number of cleanings is 2 per year, yet some people produce more plaque than others.