When you have white, sparkling teeth, you feel more attractive, but when plaque takes over, you may shy away from smiling or even laughing if it means showing your teeth to others. In addition, plaque is a nasty thing that can deteriorate your teeth and cause them to rot and fall out. Plaque is both an annoying and seriously dangerous thing. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can get rid of that ugly plaque once and for all. Check out these amazing remedies for getting rid of plaque on your teeth, and enjoy smiling and laughing with confidence once again.
What Is Plaque?
You can actually feel plaque when it is on your teeth. It is a sticky, soft film that ends up covering your teeth over time. Some people say that if they run their teeth across teeth with plaque, it feels squishy and soft like your teeth are wearing sweaters! Plaque is not good for your teeth because it contains literally billions of tiny bacteria that keep multiplying the longer you avoid dealing with it. Plaque buildup on your teeth can lead to serious tooth decay, cavities and even gum disease.
Why Does Plaque Happen in the First Place?
Plaque comes from the food you eat and the saliva that is already in your mouth. When you eat food, the bacteria that is already in your mouth (non-harmful) connects with the sugars in your food. You would be surprised to learn how much sugar is in your food. Even foods like apples, breads and peanut butter contain sugar. When the sugar and bacteria mix, the result is dangerous acids and more plaque. The plaque continues to build up on the outsides of your teeth while the acid eats away at your teeth’s enamel. This is what causes tartar. Tartar increases just as plaque, bacteria and acid increases, and you can get serious dental problems at this point. You may also notice that your teeth get discolored. You may see your teeth turning yellow or even a stain of brown. One of the most common dental problems you can get from plaque is gingivitis. Gingivitis is an infection of the gums. It will cause periodontal disease later down the line. Some people who end up with gingivitis and periodontal disease will have to have decayed teeth completely removed. They will need false teeth to replace the removed teeth. This is painful, costly and cruel to your body.
How Can You Avoid Developing Plaque on Your Teeth?
The best way to avoid getting plaque on your teeth in the first place is to always brush and floss. Brushing and flossing your teeth are the hallmark actions of someone who takes care of their dental hygiene. Dental experts and orthodontists recommend that you brush your teeth twice per day. You may not see the plaque building up, but it is there, so never skin brushing your teeth. In addition, making sure that you brush consistently will help you form a habit so that it’s hard for you to forget in the first place. You should brush your teeth once in the morning and once at night. There are many types of toothbrushes out there, so make sure you find the one that works the best for you. You will probably want to get a soft toothbrush at first. Unless your dentist tells you otherwise, a soft toothbrush is best for getting rid of plaque yet being gentle on your teeth.
Flossing to Prevent and Get Rid of Plaque
You should also be flossing. Floss gets in between each tooth to dislodge the food particles and bacteria that gets caught there. It is dangerous to let those particles build up between your teeth, and only flossing can really get in there to clean out those areas. Be aware that you may end up with bleeding gums the first time you floss. Don’t be alarmed by this. Over time, your teeth will get used to being flossed, and your gums won’t bleed anymore.
Visiting Your Dentist to Keep Plaque Away
Finally, you absolutely must visit your dentist at least once every year. If you can afford it or have dental insurance, you should actually see your dentist twice every year. Your dentist may take x-rays to see if you have any decay or cavities. They may also go over your teeth in general for any other worries. The cleaning of your teeth will actually be done by a dental hygienist. They will use their special tools to scrape and buff away the plaque that has built up. They will also give your teeth a good cleaning. Make sure that you follow all of the advice found in this article from brushing and flossing daily to always seeing your dentist and dental hygienist each year. Only doing these things will prevent plaque from harming your teeth. If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.