Plaque is the sticky, colourless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. It makes teeth ""feel fuzzy"" to the tongue and is most noticeable when teeth are not brushed. Plaque contains bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Everyone develops plaque because bacteria are constantly growing in our mouths, so it is not easy to see. Plaque that is not removed from around the gum line can cause inflammation and irritation to the gums around your teeth.
HOW IS DENTAL PLAQUE DIAGNOSED?
Dentists can detect the buildup of plaque by using plaque disclosing agents. Disclosing agents are dyes that turn into bright red colour when they come in contact with plaque. Plaque disclosing agents are in the form of gels and tablets. Visual examination by the dentist can also help detect plaque.
HOW IS DENTAL PLAQUE TREATED?
Proper and prompt dental care helps get rid of plaque formation. Regular floss of teeth is greatly helpful in reducing plaque.
DID YOU KNOW?
Toothpaste with an additive ingredient of zinc citrate has been shown to produce a statistically significant reduction in plaque accumulation. Some dental tartar may form by direct mineralization of the pellicle