When we eat food, tiny particles of it become either lodged between the teeth or stuck to their surface. This is especially true of food that has high starch or sugar content. It clings to the surface of the teeth and acts as a breeding ground for bacteria. This develops into a film of bacteria that coast the teeth and gradually starts to release bacterial acid. This film is known medically as plaque and is the main reason behind tooth decay and gum disease and if left unchecked can become a very serious problem.
Plaque works slowly over time and because we can’t really see it, it is sometimes easy to ignore but it is there and it is causing damage to your teeth. The good news about plaque is that it is easily removed with effective teeth cleaning by brushing and flossing as recommended by a City of London dentist. However, if cleaning is not carried out and dental hygiene standards slip, the plaque will soon be back and causing problems.
The bacterial acid that is released will start to erode the tooth enamel, which is the hard outer, protective layer of the teeth. Once this has been eroded it will not grow back and will leave the inner parts of the teeth exposed to further damage from bacterial infection. This is commonly known as dental decay and unless repaired will eventually result in the death of the tooth and its eventual loss.
The best form of defence against plaque, or any dental condition for that matter, is prevention. By seeing your City of London dentist every six months and following their advice about dental hygiene carefully, you will stand the best chance of staying in control of dental plaque and looking after the health of your teeth.