In some sports there is a risk of falling or getting knocked which could damage our teeth. For this reason, many people choose to wear a mouth guard for protection.
Every day, your teeth are under attack from an invisible enemy that can ruin your teeth just as much.
Each of these rod-shaped things is a single bacterium. They’re invisibly small, but pack a big punch when they gang up together. Billions of them form a slimy film on your teeth called plaque.
If you let them, they’ll dissolve your teeth with acid. Then they’ll destroy your gums so what’s left of your teeth falls out.
You’ll be lucky if your adult teeth look this good, but everybody can have strong, healthy teeth if they look after them.
These teeth aren’t so good. The brown bits are where plaque has built up into a tough layer that won’t come off just by brushing.
Deep cleaning by a dentist could still get rid of the plaque. Otherwise it will only get worse, leading to gum disease and eventually tooth loss.
The bacteria that make plaque are busy multiplying in your mouth right now. They never rest.
You have to clean the plaque off your teeth every day while it’s still soft, before it hardens and sticks on tightly.