We’ve all heard how important it is to remove any plaque you may have acquired. But what exactly is plaque?
It is a soft, sticky coating of bacteria and does not only build up on your teeth like some believe, but it can also affect your gums, dentures, fillings, crowns, and tongue.
And when tartar combines with certain minerals which are constantly present in everyone’s saliva, it then hardens and becomes a chalky, white substance called tartar.
You need to remove it because keeping it lets the tartar create the ideal breeding ground for many other oral bacteria, who feed on the sugar you consume.
Another reason to get rid of it as quickly as possible is because it can form acid which damages your tooth enamel, and this naturally leads to tooth cavities. And the oral bacteria you have gathered also cause a wide variety of periodontal problems.
How does one acquire plaque buildup in the first place? There are several factors, such as a bad or incorrect brushing technique, inadequate oral hygiene, poor and unhealthy nutrition, and even sometimes thanks to it being hereditary. It may also be because you’ve been skipping on your dental checkup, which should be done at least once a year even if you do not have any current issues. Better safe than sorry.
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