By taking good care of your dental needs, your teeth will last a lifetime. Good dental hygiene includes cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue properly and seeing your dentist at least twice a year. The biggest reasons for losing teeth are gum disease and tooth decay, but dental care can avoid this.
Plaque is a white film that forms on teeth. It is sticky and contains bacteria that causes cavities in teeth. Cavities, also known as tooth decay, can lead to toothaches and cause teeth to crack or break. Natural organisms native to the mouth coincide with mucus and bits of food, creating plaque. Acids are produced by the plaque when you eat foods that are high in starch or sugar. This acid will eat away at the protective coating on your teeth called enamel.
If plaque stays in your mouth too long, you’ll get a cavity from the breakdown of enamel. Additionally, an accumulation of plaque is what provokes the onset of gum disease. Brushing every day and flossing to remove debris between the teeth extricates plaque. When we fail to brush and floss routinely, plaque is permitted to solidify and thicken. We call that