In total two-thirds of adults have visible plaque on at least one tooth, and most of us have around six teeth with plaque on them. Plaque forms on your teeth every single day, but a regular and thorough dental routine will get rid of it. Express.co.uk reveals how to clean plaque off your teeth, according to the experts at Colgate and Dental Care.
Plaque, also known as biofilm, is a layer of bacteria buildup on your teeth and it can be very damaging.
Most of us eat carbohydrates every single day, and these foods feed the plaque bacteria and cause it to produce acids.
The acids produced can weaken your enamel, which is the stuff that protects your teeth from chipping, cracking, extreme temperatures and chemicals.
This increases your risk of developing cavities and painful infections such as abscesses, and it also gives your teeth a yellow tinge.
Change your diet
Remember bacteria love carbohydrates found in sweets, soda, or snacks, so you may need to keep an eye on what you’re eating and when.
Colgate’s site explains: “Reducing the amount of these foods and drinks, along with brushing and cleaning between your teeth, is crucial to keeping plaque under control.
“Limit sugary or starchy foods and drinks too especially snacks.”
Cleaning between your teeth and under the gumline is crucial for biofilm and plaque removal and can help prevent gingivitis and tooth decay, the team at Colgate pointed out.
They said: “There are several kinds of products that will clean in those hard-to-reach places.
“Traditional dental floss can curve around your teeth to clean every side of each tooth.
“Water flossers use a water jet to clean between the teeth.
“Dental picks can reach between the teeth if you have braces or another barrier to flossing with dental floss.”