No one really knows why gum disease develops in some people and other, but it is known that dental plaque contains many different types of bacteria.A lot of those bacteria are associated with developing gum disease, and while most people do develop dental plaque, not everyone develops a gum disease.
Why does plaque occur and what are the effects?
It happens when foods containing carbohydrates, which is a fancy way of saying sugars and starches and usually include milk, soft drink or candy all develop plaque when left on the teeth for an extended amount of time, or left for a short amount of time repeatedly. Everyone enjoys at least one type of carbohydrate, so it’s understandable that the bacteria in your mouth also love them. They get a hold of these food, and start to produce acid which, in turn, starts to wear down the enamel. The result of all this is tooth decay. Plaque is pretty sneaky and can also develop on the root of your teeth or under your gums and cause a breakdown of the bone supporting them.
Sohow do I prevent plaque formation?
Do what your parents told you, and brush at least twice a day. Make sure to pay attention to the space between your gum and teeth.. A balanced diet is just as important as limiting the amount of between-meal snacks. If you really do need a snack, go for low carb with some yoghurt, cheese, fruit or raw vegetables. Fruits and vegetables can be abrasive, which means they work a little bit like your toothpaste and brush in helping you to clean your teeth.
Regular dental checkups are important so that the dentist can assess the plaque buildup and professionally clean your teeth. Your dentist will also be able to provide advice on your daily dental routien to minimize the amount of plaque buildup between checkups. Call Meadowtown Dental to book your next appointment