What is Plaque?
Plaque or dental plaque is the biofilm of saliva components, bacteria and food residues that forms on the teeth over time. Especially in areas that are difficult to access, such as the interdental spaces, plaque forms quite easily.
How does plaque form?
Plaque development is mainly promoted by inadequate oral hygiene. If plaque is not removed thoroughly for a long time, the plaque begins to harden and after some time it can no longer be removed by simply brushing the teeth. The hardening of the plaque is due to the storage of minerals from the saliva. If the plaque hardens more and more, it is called tartar.
Problems caused by plaque?
Plaque, as described above, turns into so-called tartar through hardening. Due to its rough surface, this offers optimal conditions for the accumulation of further bacterial plaque. The consequences are often inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and even periodontosis. Likewise, plaque that is not removed significantly increases the caries risk, as plaque is the ideal breeding ground for dental caries causing bacteria. These bacteria demineralize the tooth by producing damaging acids. Thus the tooth substance slowly starts to decompose and the bacteria responsible for caries typical holes in the tooth.
Preventing plaque successfully
To slow down the formation of plaque, you are best advised to follow a high-fiber diet and avoid foods that contain too much sugar.
However, to effectively remove plaque and above all to prevent it from hardening, the simplest solution is thorough oral hygiene. With the happybrush toothbrush you leave the plaque no chance to grow and remove it in no time at all with only 2x 2 minutes of cleaning a day. In addition, our sodium fluoride SuperBlack Toothpaste ensures that your teeth are strengthened by remineralization against all bacteria and acids!