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Understanding and Preventing Plaque and Tartar Build-up

02/05/2024

Plaque and tartar build-up are common issues that can lead to a range of oral health problems if left untreated. By understanding the causes and consequences of these dental conditions, as well as how to prevent them, individuals can take better control of their oral health.

Here at the Kettering Dental & Implant Clinic, we aim to provide you with the necessary knowledge to maintain a healthy smile.

 

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth. It develops from food particles and saliva and begins to coat the teeth within minutes after eating or drinking.

The bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel, potentially leading to cavities and gum disease.

 

What is Tartar?

Tartar, also known as calculus, is plaque that has hardened on the teeth. Unlike plaque, which can be removed through regular brushing and flossing, tartar requires professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.

Tartar builds up when plaque is left untreated, and its rough surface can make it easier for more plaque to adhere, exacerbating oral health problems.

 

Preventing Plaque and Tartar Build-Up

The key to preventing plaque and tartar build-up is consistent oral hygiene:

 

Brush Regularly

Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Pay particular attention to the gum line, where plaque tends to accumulate.

 

Floss Daily

Flossing is essential for removing plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line, areas where a toothbrush cannot reach.

 

Use Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwash can help reduce bacteria that lead to plaque formation.

 

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Routine dental visits every six months allow for professional cleaning and early detection of oral health issues. For dental care in Kettering, the Kettering Dental & Implant Clinic offers comprehensive check-ups and cleaning services.

 

Healthy Diet

A diet low in sugary foods and drinks can help reduce the formation of plaque.

 

Conclusion

Plaque and tartar build-up can lead to serious dental problems, including cavities and gum disease. Practicing good dental hygiene and maintaining a healthy diet are crucial steps to prevent these issues.

For expert dental care in Kettering, our clinic is dedicated to providing thorough preventive care to ensure your smile stays healthy and bright.

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