Plaque is formed by the unnoticeable accumulation of harmful germs found in the mouth. They stick to teeth and can cause discomfort in the gums.
Some types of plaque cause tooth decay. Others cause gum disease. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in the United States, red, swollen or bleeding gums may be the first sign of a disease.
If the problem is ignored, the tissues that hold the teeth in place will be damaged and eventually the teeth will be lost. To combat dental plaque and prevent potential diseases, follow these recommendations:
- Floss to remove germs and food particles between the teeth. Rinse.
- Brush your teeth after every meal.
Keep in mind
Food waste, especially sweets, feeds nutrients to the germs that cause cavities, as well as those that cause gum disease. Other topics that may be of interest: Habits that are damaging to the palate and to occlusion