Are you under the impression that people just naturally lose their teeth as they get older? If this is true, then how come there are so many octogenarians who still have their own teeth? There’s obviously a flaw to that belief because you clearly can enjoy having your own teeth for a lifetime.

What you need to know about plaque

Now, what is it that causes people to lose their teeth and eventually resort to dentures? The main culprit is plaque. We’re talking about the nasty stuff that resides in the mouth, not the commemorative tablet used for recognition. Plaque is a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria breed, grow, and spread. These masses of harmful germs may cause tooth decay or gum disease.

It doesn’t matter which trouble your kind of plaque chooses to cause because they both ultimately lead to tooth loss. Tooth decay, of course, may rot your teeth to an irreparable point, while gum disease takes the longer route, first destroying tissues holding the teeth in place, which then messes with the health of your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss as well.

The thing about dental plaque is that it’s hard to see unless it’s stained. If you want to spot where plaque lay on your teeth, go to the drugstore or your dentist and ask for some disclosing tablets. You chew on these and they stain your plaque, assuming you have any, so that they’re easier to see.

How do you get rid of plaque? The following are some of the known plaque removal techniques you can employ:

  • Flossing at least once a day – You basically remove stuck food particles (notorious breeding hosts for bacteria) using a dental floss. You basically just floss and rinse, but be careful about your manner of flossing. Be gentle or you could end up hurting your gums.
  • Brushing your teeth properly – There’s more to brushing your teeth than meets the eye. If you don’t do it properly, then you could actually be harming your teeth. There’s a correct way to move your toothbrush, a right time to do it, a recommended duration, etc. Also, make sure that your toothpaste has fluoride to help protect your teeth from decay.
  • Cleaning your tongue – Your teeth share one ecosystem with your tongue, so you need to make sure that your tongue doesn’t have food residues, especially sugar, that will encourage the germs in your mouth to flourish, multiply, and then affect your teeth and gums.

If you want to hold on to your teeth, make sure to practice good oral care. Work with your dentist to keep plaque away.

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