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Dental Plaque – why you should guard against it

Dental plaques are those ugly looking, yellowish, and sticky film of mucus and bacteria that form on the teeth of individuals, which make the teeth feel fuzzy, frizzy and lacking brilliance.

Dental plaques develop, and are even encouraged when food substances like carbohydrates (simple sugar and starch), dairy products (milk, cheese, Ice-cream), candy, soft drinks, cakes and the likes are consumed more often, and particles of such foods constantly are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth by default thrive on these food particles and as a result produce acids.

These released acids gradually destroy the enamel of the teeth, which consequently leads to tooth decay. In the same vein, dental plaques develop on the roots of the teeth just beneath the dental gums which cause the bone that gives the teeth support to breakdown.

Dental plaques can be harmful to the dental and oral health of any individual irrespective of the age or social standing, as with time, it begins to make the teeth and gums deteriorate. It also makes the dentition of patients appear awkward and unkempt, as well as exacerbate the oral condition of those suffering from it.

Preventing the occurrence of dental plaques in people is 100 % possible; only conscious efforts are required in ensuring that particles of consumed foods are carefully removed, rinsed or taken out of the teeth after every meal. Leaving such in the mouth is the “numero uno” reason why people with hitherto clean teeth all of a sudden would begin to battle dental plaques.

Steps to take in preventing dental plaque include the following:

  • Brushing the teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, with careful attention given to the gaps around the teeth.
  • Daily flossing of the teeth should be constant practice.
  • The use of Anti-bacterial mouth rinses should be employed
  • Consult your dentist or oral hygienist for dental check-up and cleaning.
  • Eat more of balanced diets; avoid between-meal snacks. Discourage junks and if in need of snacks, choose nutritious foods such as plain yoghourt, cheese, fruit, or raw vegetables.
Glory Okpe


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