Foods containing sugars and starch can contribute to plaque on the teeth. This sticky substance can harbour bacteria which produces the acids that attack the tooth’s enamel, and may even develop on the roots within the gum. Over time, a buildup of plaque on the gums can lead to bad breath, receding gums and loose teeth.
From a young age we are encouraged to practice good oral hygiene which helps to remove plaque from the teeth and gums. This consists of brushing the teeth twice a day, building up to regular flossing and using mouthwash as we get older.
Booking an appointment with one of our clinicians can help to improve the health of your teeth and gums, as well as receiving advice to improve your self-care. Regular visits to your dentist are an essential part of your dental hygiene regime, as early identification of developing concerns can ensure treatment is started at an early stage, which helps to prevent the situation becoming more advanced.