Oral Hygiene & Plaque
Keeping teeth healthy and strong begins at home with good oral hygiene. If oral hygiene is not done daily or properly it can lead to problems like gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease but is reversible if it is treated properly and quickly. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease. One cause of gingivitis is plaque.
Plaque is the sticky film of bacteria that forms on and between teeth. Everyone forms plaque. After eating or drinking, plaque forms from the saliva and leftover food particles in the mouth. Plaque contains millions of bacteria, and that bacteria attacks the tissue surrounding the teeth. Plaque begins to build up in areas that get missed with normal brushing and flossing. When plaque is not removed from the teeth, it becomes calculus, and can lead to the development of periodontal disease. When plaque, calculus and bacteria build up, begins to develop and attack areas below the gum line, brushing and flossing cannot remove it effectively. This leads to periodontal disease. Click here to learn more about periodontal disease.