We’ve all heard about plaque and its damaging effects on our teeth. But do you really know the facts on plaque? Put your knowledge to the test with these true or false questions!
True or False: You can find millions of bacteria in plaque.
While there are millions of bacteria in our mouths, unfortunately plaque is filled with the harmful kind of bacteria that leads to tooth decay. When these bacteria in plaque form on our teeth, they release a corrosive acid that leads to cavities, gingivitis and more. Therefore, it is important that you remove them daily with a solid dental hygiene routine.
True or False: Plaque is invisible to the naked eye.
Actually, if you look carefully, you can see plaque on your teeth! It looks like a thick white food deposit. If you’d like to get a better look, you can buy a disclosing tablet at your local pharmacy. These tablets allow you to stain the plaque on your teeth temporarily, allowing you to brush and floss away the plaque more successfully.
True or False: Plaque feeds on the sugar you eat.
There’s a reason you were always told that sugar will rot your teeth! The bacteria in plaque feed on the sugars in your food and, about twenty minutes later, will excrete those harmful acids that wear down on your dental enamel and irritate your gums. Therefore, it’s best to avoid those sugary foods and drinks as much as possible.
True or False: Plaque and tartar are the same thing.
While plaque and tartar are closely related, they are not the same thing. Plaque is the colorless film that forms on your teeth that can also be easily brushed away. However, when plaque isn’t removed after 48 hours on your teeth, it slowly begins to calcify. This hardened substance is known as tartar. It has a tendency to collect along the gum line and unfortunately cannot be removed with a toothbrush and must be taken off by your dentist. However, if you do notice any of this dark, hardened substance on your teeth, it is important that you see a dentist straight away. If tartar is not removed, it can lead to gingivitis and eventually gum disease.
True or False: Everyone has plaque—even you!
Just as everyone has bacteria in their bodies, everyone has plaque on their teeth—its just a normal part of life! However, plaque doesn’t have to cause damage to your teeth. By maintaining a simple dental hygiene routine, you can remove plaque and stop those harmful bacteria in their tracks. Simply brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss every night. You’ll also want to make sure you’re keeping a healthy diet without too much in the way of sugary foods and drinks. Lastly, by visiting Valley Dental Care of Plainfield once every six months, you can ensure that your teeth and gums remain in good health.
To make sure your teeth have not been damaged by harmful plaque, schedule a check-up today! Call Valley Dental Care of Plainfield to make your appointment.