In order to establish and maintain good oral hygiene, you must understand some of the basic terms and concerns you need to keep your eye out for. Understanding what plaque and its role in the health of your gums and teeth plays, helps you understand the importance of brushing, flossing, and heading in for your bi-annual dental visits.
What Is Plaque?
Plaque is a soft mineral deposit, which naturally forms on the surface of your teeth. Plaque contains germs and bacteria. If not properly removed, both the plaque and bacteria will continue to grow. If left allowed to grow, this bacteria often leads to swollen and inflamed gums—also called gingivitis. If left plaque can calcify, and turn into a hardened tartar.
If gingivitis is left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontist gum disease. Gum diseases goes beyond the gum line, and inflames the tissues and joints that support the bone. This inflammation is painful and can lead to a long list of oral care concerns—such as bleeding gums, and permanent damage to your gum line.
What Is The Best Way To Prevent Plaque Buildup?
There is nothing you can do to prevent plaque from forming, but since plaque is a soft mineral—it is easy to remove. Brushing your teeth twice daily, with gentle pressure and a soft bristle brush will remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. However, flossing is required to remove any plaque, food, and bacteria caught between your teeth. Just make sure to replace your toothbrush, or electric toothbrush heads every 3 months.Tartar, on the other hand, needs to be professionally removed by a dental hygienist, in most cases 2 times a year is sufficient.
Can You Reverse Gum Disease?
If you have gingivitis, it is time to recommit to your daily and ongoing oral health care routine—otherwise gum disease is soon to follow. If you already have gum disease or gingivitis, it is time for a few changes. The good news is that in most cases gum disease can be reversed.
Keep in mind that poor oral hygiene is not the only cause of gum disease, but also factors such as:
- Weakened immune system
- Accident or injury
- Family history of periodontist
Engaging Your Gum Line
It is important to remember that brushing your teeth, isn’t just for your teeth—but also for your gum health. This is why dentist suggest that you position your toothbrush at a 45-degreeangle, so that you engage both your teeth and gums. However, this can be tricky—especially in the midst of a busy morning.
One of the reasons dentists are so excited about the Triple Bristle sonic toothbrush, is that it automatically adjusts while brushing—effectively engaging your teeth and gum line. The result, is healthier teeth and gums, and a whiter brighter smile.