Plaque is that sticky substance that covers your teeth after having a meal. When it accumulates, it can result in gum disease, tooth decay and other serious oral problems. So how exactly can this occur? 

Key takeaways: 

  • After eating, oral bacteria begin to break down the food particles in your mouth. Acids are then produced which damage the enamel and cause decay.
  • When plaque forms around the gumline, it can irritate the gum tissue and cause swelling and bleeding. When this irritation is ignored, gum disease begins to develop.
  • Plaque can also affect your tooth’s roots. This happens when gum disease begins attacking the roots and the jaw bone. When your tooth’s roots get damaged, you can experience sensitivity and pain.

Keep your teeth plaque-free by brushing and flossing your teeth as well as regularly visiting your dentist.