Plaque is a film that forms around your gums and on your teeth. When the bacteria in plaque releases acid, it then attacks the tooth enamel. Tooth decay can occur after repeated attacks.

Plaque can also cause irritation to the gums, making them red, tender, or bleed easily. This is called GINGIVITIS. Thorough daily brushing and flossing can prevent plaque and tartar from forming on the teeth.

In some cases, the gums pull away from the tooth, leaving areas vulnerable to bacteria and infection. If this is not treated, the bone around the tooth can be destroyed. This is called PERIODONTAL DISEASE.

Periodontal disease occurs most often in adults. With periodontal disease, teeth may become loose or have to be removed due to the loss of bone.

Eating a well balanced diet and good snacks can prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, cheese, or a piece of fruit are considered good snack foods. Sugars, can last up to 20 minutes on your teeth, which increases your chance of tooth decay.

Proper oral hygiene can help in minimizing plaque. In addition, a regular dental cleaning is a must to ensure proper care. Call us today, to arrange for a dental cleaning.


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