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PLAQUE: The Root of the Problem September 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 11:33 pm

What is plaque?

 Plaque is a soft biofilm made up of as many as 400 different types of bacteria, many of which can lead to gum diseases or cavities.  IT IS THE ROOT OF ALL PROBLEMS IN THE MOUTH!!

 Plaque forms at the gumline first.  So make sure you tilt the toothbrush towards the gums at a 45-degree angle for effective removal.  Please remember to brush gently.

 If plaque is not removed, it leads to an infection in the gums.  Bleeding, swelling, redness, and sensitivity are all signs of an infection and can occur at any stage of gum disease.

  1. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis where only the gums are affected.
  2. The next stage is slight periodontitis where actual jaw bone is lost.  Yes, jaw bone that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place!  You may even notice some recession of the gums exposing some of the yellow root.
  3. The next stage is moderate periodontitis.  It is worsening of the previous stage!
  4. The final stage is advanced periodontitis.  Again, worsening of the previous stage.  Possible and likely tooth mobility.  Treatment at this point is usually extraction of affected teeth.

 NOTE:  Effective daily plaque removal is not just important to your teeth and gums.  It is important to your overall health.  Oral plaque has been linked to diabetes, preterm low-birth weight babies, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease.

 SO…by effectively removing plaque on a daily basis you prevent gum disease, stop gum disease, and maintain a healthy state for your overall health.

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