Proper and consistent removal of plaque and tartar is vital to the health of your teeth and gums. Cavities or Caries is considered a disease process by which bacteria such as Strep Mutans dissolve hard tooth structure into a soft rotten tissue. Plaque acts as sponge to hold the acids produced by sugar eating bacteria against your tooth.
While soft plaque is associated with cavities, hard tartar is associated gum and bone loss, called periodontal disease. Statistically more teeth are actually lost from this disease that from cavities. Proper flossing is especially important to the prevention of gum disease. It is a slow and usually painless process until the teeth are irreparable.
As important as proper hygiene, a proper diet is just as essential to the health of your teeth. Foods high in carbohydrates such a breads, cookies and doughnuts (sorry Sugar Shak) break down to feed the cavity causing bacteria via the plaque that sits against your teeth.
Medications are a major destroyer of teeth! Many meds dry your saliva, which is a protector of teeth. Saliva has natural buffers that neutralize acids and it has antibodies that kill bacteria. Without proper saliva flow cavity rates skyrocket..
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