An appealing smile may be white, bright, and aligned, but preventing plaque buildup is essential for having a healthy smile and good overall dental health. While surprising to hear, brushing alone will not prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. It is important to visit your dentist for professional exams and cleanings as directed to prevent plaque buildup. Using this guide on the long-term effects of plaque, you will understand the need for ongoing, professional care for your mouth, teeth, and gums.
The presence of bacteria inside your mouth is normal, but it can feed on leftover food in your mouth, resulting in the buildup of plaque. Over time, plaque hardens, turning in to tartar. Unfortunately, tartar is difficult to remove and very unappealing. In most cases, this heavy buildup of plaque and tartar hardens as a thick, brown residue on the surface of your teeth.
Plaque contains many acidic properties, which can eat away at your tooth enamel. This not only increases your risk of cavities, but it can also lead to dental sensitivity. If left untreated, the plaque buildup can cause your teeth to decay.
Tooth decay creates many issues for your overall oral health. Not only will you experience tooth sensitivity, but teeth may eventually become lose or tooth loss can occur. Tooth loss from decay can affect your smile’s overall look, self-esteem, ability to chew, speech, and jaw alignment.
Excessive buildup of plaque can also affect the health of your gums. Damage and recession of the gum tissue can occur due to the acidic nature of plaque. This reduction in gum tissue exposes your root and nerves to air, food, and bacteria, resulting in sensitivity, discomfort, light bleeding, and infections. Also, the gums can become inflamed, leading to a form of gum disease.
Regular cleanings and dental visits are great options for preventing and removing plaque on your teeth and gums. To diagnose and treat your specific case, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today.