What is deal with plaque?

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Bacteria associated with plaque and tartar

Bacteria associated with plaque and tartar

What is deal with plaque and why does my hygienist get so crazy about it?

Plaque is the sticky off white goo made of food, bacteria and it’s waste that builds up on the teeth. Sounds gross, right? The germs in the plaque are what causes stinky breath, don’t believe me? Smell your floss next time. These bacteria in the plaque are harmful to you for two reasons. If it sits on your tooth for too long, the waste from the germs is acidic and will eat a hole in your tooth over time - that's what most people call tooth decay or cavities. If it sits on your gums too long, it will infect your gums and cause gingivitis and if it is not removed over a longer period of time it will start to change into tartar and different germs get involved and they put off toxins that make your bone dissolve - this is what people call gum disease. It is also what makes your gums bleed causing “pink in the sink” when you spit out your toothpaste. This is not normal guys.

The hygienist is crazy about plaque because she knows how bad it is for your teeth and gums. She is trying to help you learn how to remove the plaque everyday, because it doesn’t take much more than a day and the plaque that is on your teeth, hardens and starts to form tartar. Watch below at this extreme tartar buildup and how it has to be removed.

plaque and tartar are harmful to your teeth and gums

Plaque and tartar are harmful because they house bacteria that can infect and inflame your gums and your bone. The effects of this infection and accompanying inflammation result in the bone that holds the teeth in dissolving away and no longer effectively holding the teeth. This is why gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. A perfectly good tooth with no tooth decay can get loose and fall out.

Plaque and tartar is also harmful to your overall health

If you have plaque and tartar on your teeth, it can enter your bloodstream through your bleeding gums and find a new home in other areas of your body. For this reason certain patients with artificial joints and heart defects are prescribed antibiotics when they get their teeth cleaned. When the teeth are cleaned, if the gums are not healthy, they will bleed and the plaque and tartar are at risk to enter the blood stream and infect these in other parts of the body. So, if doctors are concerned with the infection of these higher risk areas during a cleaning, what about everyday eating, brushing and flossing. All of these activities cause gum bleeding in an unhealthy mouth. The gums need to be treated until the infection and inflammation are healed to protect the rest of the body from this infection. Treating your gums is not only about the health of your teeth, it is about your whole body health.