Do you regularly feel like your teeth don’t feel clean? Perhaps you feel like there is a film across your teeth, or your teeth may even have a “fuzzy” feeling. If this sounds like something you experience regularly, you may have plaque buildup on your teeth. Plaque is something common that many people have on their teeth, and it’s easy to remove, but failure to do so properly can lead to a number of problems. Read on to learn more about the problems caused by plaque.
What is Plaque and How Can it Be Removed?
If you regularly feel like you have a film over your teeth, you may have an issue with plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that coats teeth and is caused by bacteria from food and drink that are introduced into your mouth. When plaque is not removed from your mouth, it will continue to accumulate and turn into tartar. Tartar can lead to issues such as decay and gum disease.
Plaque removal is extremely simple on your own. Simply brush your teeth thoroughly and floss at least once a day. Be sure to brush for two minutes twice per day using the proper technique. This is what removes the plaque from the surfaces and tops of your teeth. Flossing is needed to remove any lingering plaque from between your teeth. Failure to floss regularly can lead to an accumulation of plaque and bacteria between your teeth.
What Issues Can Be Caused By Plaque?
Plaque is known for eating away at the enamel of your teeth, leading to issues such as tooth sensitivity and, eventually, decay. When plaque builds up along the gumline, it can cause gingivitis, which is the beginning stage of gum disease.
If you have not visited us recently for a hygiene examination and cleaning, now is the perfect time for a visit. We want to be sure there are no problem areas in your mouth that will cause an issue in the future. We can also help you learn to properly brush and floss your teeth if you have any questions or concerns. Be sure to contact our office located in Wellington, FL to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!