Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that builds up on your teeth. It is mostly made up of bacteria.
The bacteria in plaque feed on sugar from food and drink, producing acids as a waste product. The acids attack the teeth by dissolving the minerals in the tooth surface. If this happens too often, tooth decay results.
If plaque is not removed regularly, the bacteria in it can cause gingivitis, which damages the soft tissue (gums) which may become very painful. This in turn leads to loss of the supporting bone.
Calculus (tartar), formed by hardened plaque, helps plaque to gather and makes it harder to remove when you brush.
You can't remove tartar just by brushing your teeth, but a dentist or hygienist can remove it using special instruments- this is known as Scaling.
Stains & deposits from coffee, tea, smoking, red wine,etc can be removed by the Dentist to leave a smooth less plaque friendly tooth surface.
A good daily Home Care Maintenance Programme is essential.
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- Regular Periodontal Maintenance by a dentist or hygienist helps keep your teeth and gums (gingiva) healthy by making it easier for you to keep your teeth clean at home. You should see and feel the difference.
- If your gums bleed when you brush, you have early gingivitis. Regular scaling helps to stop the disease getting worse.
- Bad breath is often caused by gum disease. Regular scaling, and cleaning your teeth thoroughly at home, can prevent this.
* Daily Interdental Cleaning, Dental Flossing & Brushing is an essential, easy health benefit
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