A problem with plaque can escalate quickly.
Plaque is one of the biggest causes of tooth decay. It’s an insidious substance – a colourless, sticky film that blankets your teeth and creates an environment in which bacteria erode tooth enamel, cause gum irritation and inflammation and in some cases bleeding and recession, infect inner structures such as pulp and the roots, and in extreme cases, cause tooth loss. Plaque can also attack fillings and other restorations in your mouth, which can lead to more costly treatment down the road. In addition, the long-term decay process can lead to infections in your gums and can eat away at the bone structures under the teeth.
Some of the biggest culprits causing plaque are drinks and foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates. These include soda beverages, some juices, candy and many kinds of pasta, breads and cereals.
Periodontal disease is advanced gum disease. This serious condition occurs when the structures that support your teeth (the gums and bones) break down from the infection. Pain, hypersensitivity and bleeding are some of the signs of periodontal disease.
The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing and see a dentist regularly for check-ups and hygiene services.
A good way to help your oral health between brushing is chewing sugarless gum; this stimulates your body’s production of saliva, a powerful chemical that actually neutralizes plaque formation and rinses decay-causing food particles and debris from your mouth.
In some cases, our office can prescribe anti-cavity rinses or apply special anti-cavity varnishes or sealants to help fight decay.