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Your mouth contains thousands of oral bacteria, many of which function to maintain the health of your body. However, some of these bacteria cause a lot of harm to your tooth and gum tissues. Keep reading to learn how oral bacteria can harm your dental health.

Tooth Decay

You develop cavities as a result of the bacteria that collect on your teeth. This sticky film of bacteria is called plaque, and it grows when you eat foods containing sugar. The plaque utilizes sugar to produce harmful acids that eat away at the enamel tissue surrounding your teeth, eventually decaying them.

Gum Disease

Both plaque and the tartar (hardened plaque) can cause the inflammatory infection of gum disease. When plaque and tartar reach the gum tissue, they cause irritation there that eventually results in gum disease, which is initially characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If you do not receive treatment for this condition, then it can worsen into gum and bone deterioration as well as tooth loss.

How To Fight Plaque Attack

Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, ready to launch its next battle against the health of your mouth. However, there are several steps you can take to prevent your dental health from coming to harm. Some of these steps include:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing in between your teeth once a day
  • Visiting the dentist twice a year for regular check-ups
  • Avoiding the starchy, sugary foods that feed plaque

Feel free to call Dr. Bruce Westover today for more tips on how to fight plaque and keep your mouth healthy.