Happy mouths are clean mouths. Your teeth are often one of the first things people look at when you say hello or meet them for the first time. Little tricks throughout the day can help keep your dental hygiene in great shape and give you an extra hand during first encounters. One persistent problem that arises due to poor hygiene is the build-up plaque and tartar, which can lead to a myriad of problems worse than bad breath.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky residue that accumulates near the line that your teeth and gums meet. It is often a colorless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth surface. The bacteria are commonly produced from everything you eat, drink and chew. Even saliva will help the development of plaque.
There are many damaging effects caused by the formation of plague. The buildup over a period of time can lead to cavities. This happens when plague produces acids from the foods you eat which can wear down your tooth enamel. Gum irritation and gingivitis are both the results of the excessive plaque buildup.
Plaque Prevention To Keep White Teeth
Plaque has a nasty habit of sticking around and developing on our teeth when our dental hygiene begins to slip. It is important to maintain proper cleaning routines in order to fight plaque build-up.
Brushing your teeth regularly is the first line of defense against plaque buildup. Since plaque is made up of bacteria deposits, those little organisms like to eat whatever is left around after your meal or snack. The second common line of defense against plaque is a good flossing! Flossing makes sure to get in between your teeth, which can free any leftover food that could not be easily freed by a toothbrush.
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