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How Plaque Causes Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

October 13, 2021

By the end of the day, your teeth may feel ‘fuzzy’ as plaque begins to form on them. Plaque contains food particles, mucus and bacteria. It sticks to your teeth and as acid forms, it attacks tooth enamel which can lead to tooth decay. Plaque also irritates the gums and can cause inflammation and infection which can affect tooth roots too.

Key takeaways:

– Gum swelling and bleeding is a sign of gum disease; infection and tooth loss can occur if gum disease is left untreated.

– Drinking plenty of water and brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps prevent plaque build-up.

– If left on the teeth, plaque hardens and forms tartar which needs to be removed by a dentist.

By maintaining good oral hygiene habits — brushing and flossing regularly — you can help prevent plaque. Schedule regular dental appointments so your dentist can monitor the health of your gums and teeth. Tooth sensitivity, bad breath, sore gums and gum recession are signs of gum disease and signal that you need to see the dentist.

“When plaque is left on the teeth, it can lead to oral health issues that can impact the long-term health of your smile…”

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