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Plaque: Where does it Affect?

Plaque: Where does it Affect?

Published on: - By: Carlos Brian Hernandez

Dental Plaque is the sticky bacteria that builds up in our mouth when we have poor dental hygiene habits. When build-up is severe, it can cause gums to inflame and lead to other complications, for example bleeding gums, tooth decay, and eventually tooth loss.  However, did you know that dental plaque can affect other areas, beside our mouth? Through this post, Sani will share with you 3 areas that dental plaque affects. 

The Areas Dental Plaque Affects

My Dental Health

This one was an obvious one, dental plaque will, of course, affect your dental health. When we eat or drink foods with sugars or starches, a sticky paste forms, and attacks our tooth enamel. Once this “paste” sticks to your teeth it releases acids that attack your teeth. This constant contact will break down your tooth’s enamel and lead to gum disease and/or tooth decay. 

No one wants to lose a tooth. Our smile is beautiful and important for chewing, speech, and much more. Unfortunately, not everyone takes the proper steps needed to protect their teeth and this leads to tooth loss. Here at Sani Dental Group, we invite you to visit the dentist and protect your smile. When plaque builds up, your gums will inflame and sometimes bleed. When left untreated, severe periodontal (gum) disease can develop. 

When in this stage, bacteria can enter the underlying gum tissue, destroying your gum bone. If the disease continues to progress, it can enter your bloodstream and reach other areas of your body. 

My Body

Let’s imagine the following scene, you didn’t treat dental plaque in its early stages and it has entered your bloodstream. What can happen next? Well today, scientist have found a link between periodontal disease and other health problems, these include:         

  • Heart Disease         
  • Diabetes         
  • Dementia         
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis        
  • Premature Birth 

How can an oral disease lead to all these diseases? Well, remember the bleeding gums? Bleeding gums are open wounds that can allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream, giving place to multiple diseases. When plaque builds up in the hearts artery wall it can restrict the flood of blood, leading to a heart attack. 

Something similar can happen when plaque enters the carotid artery. When bacteria settle in our carotid artery, the inflammation can lead to the buildup of fatty acids. These fatty deposits can reach the brain and lead to a stroke. 

Sani Dental Group wants you to have a healthy life and a key to a healthy life is a healthy mouth. Let’s work together with our dentist and protect our body. After all, a healthy mouth will lead to a healthy body. 

My Wallet

The last area we will discuss is your wallet. Yes, dental plaque also affects your wallet. How, you ask? Because of the dental work involved, when plaque has become a severe problem it can cost you thousands of dollars to repair.  

Even if you have insurance or search for affordable medical procedures, repairs will still cost you thousands. Not to mention the weeks or months post-surgery recovery can take. Keep in mind that these severe effects can be prevented through regular dental check-up. Don’t hesitate and visit your dentist in a regular basis. Save money, save your smile, and possibly even your life, one visit can make the difference.   

Minimizing the Dangers of Dental Plaque

To keep plaque under control, there are a few habits you must adopt and follow every day.  First of all, don’t forget to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Also, use an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce the bacteria in your mouth, remember a healthy mouth is key to a healthy life. Another step to follow is to get your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. 

Your dental health is important and Sani Dental Group knows this, that’s why we offer you more professional dentists than any other dental clinic in Los Algodones. When looking for the best dental clinic in Los Algodones, there's no better option than Sani Dental Group. Sani offers you 30 professionals who are capable of both simple and complex dental procedures. Whether you are in need of a routine dental cleaning or a more specific dental work, we have the professional you need. Give us a call and one of our patient coordinators will gladly assist you.

Remember a healthy mouth is key to a healthy life, so don’t hesitate to minimize the dangers of plaque today.

Carlos Brian Hernandez

Marketing Associate
Cal State San Bernardino Alumni

Disclaimer: All content shown in this blog and in any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Any recommendations are based on personal, not professional, opinion only. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern about their dental care and treatments, please contact us directly. For more information please read our Disclaimers and FAQ pages.

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