The Deal with Plaque + Tartar
You’ve seen warnings and commercials to fight against plaque and tartar build up. Do you know why? Plaque is a sticky and colourless film of bacteria that clings to your teeth and along your gum line. The bacteria in the plaque are what contribute to gum disease. As you let plaque form by not routinely brushing your teeth, it hardens into tartar (calculus). Eventually it can not only affect your gums and teeth, but also infect your gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth. Don’t worry, prevention isn’t difficult! Brush at least twice a day and remember to floss. Limit starchy and sugary snacks, especially ones that can stick to your teeth! Remember to also go for a dental cleaning at least twice a year. For more questions about gum disease and periodontics, contact us at Niagara Periodontics in St. Catharine’s.
– The Niagara Periodontics Team