What is plaque? Why plaque is a destroyer!
Plaque is a sticky invisible film that build up on teeth with foul smell, contains millions of bacteria, food debris especially sugar desquamated epithelium, salivary mucin, etc. The sticky film of this plaque clinging to the tooth surface holds millions of harmful bacteria in close contact with teeth and gums. The bacteria living in this protected situation produce acids that decalcify the teeth and toxins, which inflame the gums, plaque is a factor common in the cause of booth dental caries (decay) and gum (periodontal) disease. So plaque is a destroyer!
Plaque is removed most effectively by efficient tooth brushing and should be done after each meal. As mouths differ. no one method is suitable for everyone. Your dentist can advise you about your problem areas. A toothbrush does no always reach inaccessible places between the teeth. Dental floss, wooden sticks or rubber points can be used in these areas.
Sugar encourages plaque to grow. It is almost impossible to eliminate sugar from the diet but a little care and common sense can immunize its harmful effects.
- Avoid all foods containing sugar, if not.
- Avoid sticky foods containing sugar, sugar, if not.
- Avoid Between meal snacks of sticky foods containing sugar. That is, eat them only at meal times.
- Clean your teeth immediately after eating sugar food.
How oral hygiene can be maintained
- Proper and timely tooth brushing.
- Use of a useful tooth paste
- Use of dental floss
- Toothpick, rubber point, proxy brush as and when required.
- Use of mouth wash/rinse
- Mouth wash with regular tooth cleansing is more beneficial
- Mouth wash is not a substitute of tooth brushing and flossing
- Chlorhexidine should not be used for prolonged period in such case other anti-inflammatory and anti-plaque anti periodontitis agent like some may be used as a prophylactic.
Do I need to clean my baby’s mouth if there are no teeth yet? When should I start Cleaning for my Baby’s teeth?
Yes. Begin cleaning the baby’s mouth during the first few days after bath. After every feeding, wipe the baby’s gum with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque this establishes at an early age the importance of oral hygiene and the feel of having clean teeth and gum. As soon as your baby’s teeth appeared, clean them with a piece of gauze or a gum washcloth at least one a day or after each feeding. When all of the baby teeth are in, brush them gently with a fluoride toothpaste like my first using a pea-sized dab of toothpaste. Also use an extra soft, children’s toothbrush. It helps to have your baby lay his or her head on your lap so you can see the teeth better when you brush. After brushing, make sure your children split out all of the toothpaste and rinse with water.