Have you ever felt that sticky feeling on your teeth after waking up or immediately after eating? Then you might be having a plaque attack. This biofilm is a mixture of oral bacteria, acidic metabolites and food debris. Given all that, you wouldn’t want to hold on to plaque at all. In fact, plaque is what you’re trying to get rid whenever you brush your teeth, floss or rinse with mouthwash.
How is plaque formed?
The oral cavity is teeming with bacteria, despite the fact that you brush your teeth. And those microorganisms won’t just sit still inside your mouth; they will secrete different metabolites which are acidic in nature. On top of that, these microorganisms can also increase in number especially when your mouth is abundant with sugars. So imagine now all the millions of bacterial colonies inside your mouth, simultaneously producing acidic metabolites which can soften and eventually ruin the enamel of your teeth. Now you understand why Dr. Pitt is adamant that you brush your teeth at least twice a day.
How do you get rid of plaque?
Brush. The cornerstone of a good dental hygiene regimen is brushing. However, despite the fact that you might be brushing your teeth twice a day, that does not mean that you’re effectively removing the plaque from your teeth. According to dentists, the best way to remove plaque is to brush in a rotating-oscillating manner. If you want to brush more efficiently, try swapping your toothbrush for an electric one. Another reason for why you have to brush? Plaque hardens into tartar if not removed promptly, and can no longer be removed just by simple brushing.
Floss. No regimen is complete if you do not floss. Brushing can only do so much since the bristles of your toothbrush cannot get into the small spaces in between your teeth as well as in the hard-to-reach areas at the back of your mouth. Flossing does the job, though.
Chew on sugarless gum. Chewing will induce the production of saliva, and in dental terms, saliva is always good. Saliva is your body’s own way of taking care of your teeth since the secretion not only deters the excessive growth of bacteria but also neutralizes acids which these oral pathogens may have already produced. Make sure to pick out sugarless gum though or all that chewing will be for naught.
No matter how well you brush or floss, twice yearly trips to Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Lexington, SC will ensure optimal oral health. Call today to set up your appointment.