Plaque, Tartar and Gingivitis

Your mouth is constantly under attack by germs (bacteria), causing problems, some of which could lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Germs (bacteria) produce acids which attack tooth enamel, causing decay, inflammation and bleeding gums. Germs (bacteria) can be found above and just below the gum line, between teeth and on the tongue.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, nearly invisible film of germs (bacteria) that builds up on all the surfaces of your teeth. If left on your teeth, plaque can cause cavities and gum irritation leading to the gum disease gingivitis.

What will gingivitis do if left untreated?

Untreated gingivitis (gum disease) is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. Red swollen and bleeding gums may indicate gingivitis.

Some facts about plaque

Problems can develop from tartar build up. Your teeth feel rough and unclean. New germs, which become trapped in tartar, are harder to remove with your toothbrush. Professional cleanings may take longer and could be more involved as cleaning above and below the gum line may be necessary.

How can I fight tartar build up?

Source: Listerine Brochure - Fact: Germs Cause Bad Breath, Plaque and the Gum Disease Gingivitis

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