Golden Kids Dental & Orthodontics

Archive for April 2024

What is plaque?

Tooth decay, dental caries formation detailed diagram, from healthy tooth till decay, dental plaque, loss of calcium and phosphate. Beautiful dental poster with abstract light blue background

Do you ever notice your teeth feeling fuzzy like? We all have bacteria in our mouths that love to snack on food left behind on our teeth. Scientists call this biofilm because it is a colony of living microbes surrounded by a gluey polymer layer. This gluey coating allows the microbes to hang on to teeth so that they can grow into these colonies. This bacteria feeds on foods stuck on our teeth and then the bacteria releases acid. This acid that is released is what breaks down and destroys our teeth, causing decay and gum disease. Bacteria thrives on starches and sugar, making more acid attacks to your teeth.

The more plaque you have, the more acid is released and the more damage that is done. If plaque is not regularly removed it will build up and collect minerals from your saliva, causing it to harden into tarter. Plaque and tarter can get under the gum line and cause inflammation, which can become periodontal disease.

Getting regular exams and cleanings with your dentist is an important way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Going to the dentist is more than just getting your teeth cleaned. Reviewing diet and care for oral health is an important part of every dental visit. Following your dentists instructions will provide you with a great smile for life.