A colourless film of bacteria that gets deposited onto the tooth is known as dental plaque. This can happen when the patient ingests too much of fatty and sweetened food. It tends to give a fuzzy texture to the teeth and makes the patient feel like the teeth have not been brushed for a while. This can also be caused due to poor dental hygiene.
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?
Treatment involves a thorough dental cleanup if the plaque has not developed further into calculus and caused cavities. Regular dental cleaning may be needed if you are prone to plaque build up.
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