Plaque is the root of all evil in your mouth. That may sound harsh, but it’s true. Plaque is that sticky layer of bacteria that coats your teeth, tongue and even the inside of your teeth.
It’s not the only bacteria living in your mouth, and in itself it’s harmless. The trouble is it feeds off the sugars in your mouth and then gives off acids. These acids, at source where they are most concentrated, eat away at your tooth enamel, creating holes for decay-causing bacteria to sneak in through and start attacking the soft layers of your inner tooth.
The acids also irritate and inflame your gums, as acids do, leading to gum disease, which, in its later stages can also result in infection. Both problems eventually lead to tooth loss.
Your part in plaque removal
You need to remove plaque twice a day. The best way to do this is by brushing with a soft-bristled brush for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Back this up with a good floss once a day to remove plaque from around the gumline.
You also need to visit our hygienist at Dental FX in Glasgow twice a year for a scale and polish. The reason for this is that, no matter how hard you try, you will never be able to get rid of all the plaque.
After plaque has been on your teeth for around 3 days, it hardens into a cement-like layer called tartar. The only way to get this off your teeth is to scrape it off with special tools. If you leave it, the layer of living plaque next to your teeth will still be giving off damaging acids.
What the hygienist does
The hygienist uses sonic removal as well as manual tools to remove the build-up of tartar and plaque. They then use a paste and polisher to polish the surface of your teeth. This makes it harder for plaque to cling to.
If you need help with brushing, the hygienist can suggest techniques and tools to make your twice daily regime more effective.
Why not book to visit the hygienist today and start the year with lovely clean teeth?