That’ll be plaque. It’s a term dentists like to throw around a lot, and that’s because it’s one of the major causes of tooth and gum damage.
Put simply, plaque, also called biofilm, is a build-up of bacteria on your teeth.
A more detailed description is that plaque is the thin layer of saliva, bacteria and food that clings to the teeth.
When plaque first form, we can rid it simply with brushing and flossing. Easy.
However once it sits for a while, either in a hard-to-reach spot or due to bad brushing habits, it hardens into tartar, which sticks to your teeth and continues to damage them.
You can’t see plaque, but there are ways you can tell if you have an excessive amount. Look for any of the following warning signs:
Regular brushing and flossing will be your mouth’s best friend and a visit to your dentist and hygienist every six months will make sure your oral health is on track.
Head over and read our Ultimate Guide to Brushing and Flossing for all the tips.