Bacteria can flourish in your mouth in the form of plaque. Plaque causes gingivitis and tooth cavities and will lead to gum disease.

Practicing good oral hygiene every day keeps your mouth clean and free of disease.

Understanding what is plaque?

Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that builds on teeth.

Most of the food you eat cause bacteria in your mouth to begin the process of producing acids.

Most of the population understand sugary foods as a source of plaque, but what many fail to realise is the other food causing harm.

Bread, crackers, and cereal, everyday starchy food also enable acids to form.

Tooth plaque also produces substances that irritate the mouth tissues, making them sensitive and susceptible to bleeding. This in turn can cause gum disease, and in the process, gums pull away from the teeth forming pockets that fill with pus and bacteria.

Plaque that is not removed from the teeth hardens to form tarter (dental calculus). Normal brushing and flossing will not remove tarter and it becomes necessary to attend a dental surgery for it to be removed by a dentist or hygenist. With advanced cases of gum (periodontal) disease it may become necessary to be referred to a specialist Periodontist.

If gum disease is not treated, the bone supporting the teeth will be destroyed and your teeth will become loose and might have to be completely removed.

How can I get rid of tooth plaque & avoid gum disease?

The best way to remove mouth plaque is by cleaning and brushing your teeth every day.

Brushing your teeth removes plaque from the tooth surfaces.

It is ideal to brush your teeth two times per day with a soft-bristled brush. Use a toothbrush that fits your mouth easily and allows you to reach all areas easily.

If possible, use an antimicrobial toothpaste which contains fluoride. This will help you protect your teeth from decay.

Flossing or interdental cleaners should be used to clean in between the teeth to remove plaque where the toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is essential to help prevent gum disease.

 Is there anything else I can use to clean my teeth and mouth?

A good quality mouth rinse, in addition to daily brushing and flossing, will increase the cleanliness of your mouth.

A good antimicrobial mouth rinse will reduce the chances of gingivitis and gum disease.

A fluoride mouth rinse will also assist in reducing and preventing tooth decay.

Feel free to talk to the team at Kanwal Dental about the various products available.

It is important to talk to your dental professional as not everyone should use a fluoride mouth rinse.

For example, fluoride rinses are not recommended for children ages 6 or younger because they may swallow them.

Always check the product’s label for age recommendations and precautions.