WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DO NOT TAKE PROPER CARE OF THE MOUTH
Plaque, a soft yellowish material laden with a multitude of bacteria builds up on the surfaces of the teeth. This could then become hardened through precipitations from the saliva to form the yellowish or greenish hard substances we see around our teeth. These are called “calculus” or scales as some of us choose to call them.
The bacteria laden plaque on the crevices of the teeth dissolves the tooth material with their acidic waste products which then results in what we call “cavities” or holes in the teeth. This we call “caries” or tooth decay. The bacteria now enters the tooth and make their way to the nerve canal. They then cause the nerve to degenerate and they can migrate right down to the tip of the root. This results in the various types of pain most of us are aware of.
The hardened plaque or calculus around the teeth laden with bacteria also through their acidic waste products destroys the supporting structures of the teeth. They virtually eat up the socket in which the tooth is anchored and the roots become exposed. The tooth starts to shake and has to be removed.
The “ calculus “ also causes the gums to become swollen and reddened which is also associated with pain.
Plaque, calculus, swollen gums and decayed teeth leads to foul smelling of the mouth which we choose to call mouth odour.
Early loss of teeth in children could result in mal positioning of the teeth which could then require orthodontic treatment ( braces ).