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Plaque: the arch enemy of dentists and orthodontists alike. You’ve likely heard the term many times and have a general idea of what it is, but our dentists in the Chicago Loop want to further educate you about plaque and the steps you can take to combat it.
What is Plaque?
Bacteria naturally lives inside your mouth, but too much of it can be a bad thing. If bacteria build up, a sticky biofilm can develop on your teeth that is called plaque. When plaque is left untreated, it can turn into more serious issues like tartar. The bacteria can mix with sugars and feed off it, allowing plaque to linger in hard-to-reach areas in your mouth.
What’s the Big Deal?
Don’t get us wrong; plaque is normal, but it’s how you combat plaque that makes a big difference in your dental health. It’s important to stop the development of plaque in its tracks before it solidifies into tartar. The acid from bacteria can cause your teeth enamel to wear down and cause tooth decay and cavities. You’ll notice your teeth are a yellow, brown color, which is both unpleasant to look at but also painful for your gums.
If you’re proactive about your dental health, avoiding plaque isn’t extremely difficult. Make
sure you are brushing twice per day and flossing once a day to reduce plaque buildup. You may
also consider using mouthwash or chewing a piece of sugar free gum for 20 minutes to prevent
decay and cavities.
If you have questions about plaque or are concerned about plaque buildup in your mouth,
schedule an appointment with our dentists in the Chicago Loop today!
Summer is right around the corner and our dentists in downtown Chicago definitely think that’s something to smile about! It’s likely between your friends and family, you’ll take a lot of pictures this summer. Make sure your teeth are as white as they can be! In addition to taking advantage of our whitening services, we wanted to outline some ways you can naturally whiten your teeth at home.
This one is probably the simplest and most effective way to whiten your teeth. Try to brush your teeth after eating or drinking as often as you can. This will get rid of the bacteria and food buildup in your mouth.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
You may recognize the ingredient “hydrogen peroxide” from your mouthwash bottle. It’s a great way to effectively clean your entire mouth, gums included, in a short amount of time. As a bonus, it helps freshen breath by getting rid of bacteria. You may also mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to make a runny paste. Brush this paste onto your teeth to help remove plaque for about 30 seconds.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s likely you can find this product in your kitchen, but it is a great tool for your oral health as well. Compounds like acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes kill the bad bacteria in your mouth while simultaneously promoting growth of the healthy bacteria. Take a small amount of ACV on your finger and rub it on your teeth for around one minute. Then rinse with water or mouthwash. For best results, use this for a month.
Pure Dental Spa wants to help you get your whitest, most confident smile possible! Our dentists in downtown Chicago are available to answer any questions you may have about teeth whitening. Set up an appointment with us to ensure your pearly whites are picture perfect.