Written by Gaby

What can I do against dental plaque and calculus?

It may be your most important mission when brushing your teeth: removing plaque. Plaque is the number one cause of oral problems. What is plaque exactly, how does it differ from calculus, and most of all: what can you do about it? I'll tell you in this article.

What is plaque and what is calculus?

Calculus

Calculus

Plaque is a thin, nearly invisible, sticky layer that continuously forms on your teeth and molars. It primarily consists of food, proteins from saliva, and bacteria that live in your mouth. Plaque isn't necessarily harmful, as long as you brush it off your teeth within 48 hours.

Plaque

Plaque

If plaque stays on your teeth for over 48 hours, it could turn into calculus. Calculus can be harmful, especially if it's below your gums. There, it can lead to inflammations or periodontal disease.

You can't remove calculus yourself. Only your dentist or dental hygienist can. It's important not to let things get to that point.

1. How to remove plaque?

The Oral-B CrossAction and Philips Sonicare PlaqueDefense brush attachments

Plaque forms on your teeth, molars, and the edge of your gums all day long. If you brush your teeth at least 2 a day, preferably in the morning and at night, you'll remove plaque from your teeth surface without too much trouble. Want to be sure you remove plaque everywhere? Go for a brush attachment that's especially suitable for plaque removal.

2. Clean between your teeth and molars

The Philips Sonicare Airfloss and Waterpik floss devices

Surface plaque is relatively easy to remove. The problem is that plaque often nestles between the teeth or forms on the edge of your gums. Brushing may not be enough to remove this plaque. You can only do this with a toothpick or, for your convenience, a flosser.

Want to know more? Ask your dentist.

If you suffer from excessive calculus and want more information, consult your dentist. Your dentist can answer all your questions and advise you on possible treatment.


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