Plaque build up on our teeth appears a white ‘woolly’ substance. It becomes hard and yellow over time and even turns dark brown if left long enough. Once the plaque turned yellow it means it has calcified. Normal brushing will not remove this layer. You will have to see a dental hygienist who will be able to professionally clean your teeth.
All gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is the film of bacteria, which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums every day. To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all plaque from your teeth daily. This is done by brushing and flossing. Most people will benefit from a visit to a hygienist on a six monthly basis. The hygienist will give the teeth a very good cleaning which will make it easier for the patient to clean at home. The hygienist will also advise and monitor the patient’s home cleaning techniques. In advanced cases the hygienist might want to see the patient more often.
Posted on Fri, June 29, 2012
by Simon Billington