We all know that not brushing and flossing can lead to big bills at the dentist office. It's not hard to understand that the mouth is just like any other part of the body, when it isn't taken care of it can suffer from neglect.
Most people don't understand what is going on when you forget to floss or brush. What kind of forces are at work when you let your oral health go? This should make things a little bit easier to understand.
Plaque - The Front Lines of the Fight for Oral Health
The day to day battles in your mouth are played out between you and plaque. Yes, there are some skirmishes with food particles that get stuck in teeth, but the big thing you are fighting with you brush and floss is plaque.
Plaque is a sticky substance that coats your teeth and is made up of bacteria that feed on the leftovers of your meals. When you brush and floss, you are washing the plaque that has built up over the previous twelve hours (or so) off of your teeth.
Tartar - Losing Ground in the Battle Against Plaque
When you forget to brush and floss the plaque will start to buildup on your teeth. For a while it will accumulate while it feeds on the leftovers of your meals, and the sugars/acids that buildup in your mouth. After a while that buildup of plaque will start to harden into a cement-like substance that is known as tartar. Tartar can wreak havoc on your teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional.
The One, Two Punch That Gives Your Mouth a Chance
The best way to fight plaque and tartar buildup is one day at a time. Everyone forgets to brush and floss every once in a while, so if you forget, do sweat it, just make sure you pick up where you left off.
Always remember to come in twice a year for regular cleanings and exams at our office! So please contact our office today to help restore your oral heath.