Plaque is essentially the start of gum disease problems. Plaque is a build-up from bacteria in the mouth and particles from the foods you eat every day. Once sugars are introduced to plaque, it turns into a tooth eating acid that sits just above the gum line. Preventative methods such as correctly brushing and flossing can help, but regular check ups are the only way to know for sure.
Plaque Leads to More Serious Problems
If regular oral care isn’t standard, the acid will start eating at the teeth producing cavities and the plaque will cause gum disease. Plaque that is allowed to sit for a prolonged period of time can cause cavities, gingivitis, and other problems in your mouth. If it’s left longer than that, serious dental procedures may be required to restore your decaying smile. While plaque may seem like something everyone must deal with, it’s long term effects on your smile can be extremely damaging. Regular oral exams and being mindful of basic preventative methods are your best bet in combating plaque build up.
Watch this video to learn how plaque is formed: