Felici e condenti: Quella placca rompiscatole

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The plaque: but what is it? Where does it come from? And how can we get rid of it?

The plaque or the origin of all dental evils

I wake up, brush my teeth – brush my teeth, go to bed. This is my daily oral hygiene routine, always accompanied by my mom's urging voice: “But did you clean well?”

Does anyone remember? We take a portion of toothpaste and spread it all over our mouth, just to not miserably fail the breath test. Fortunately, in the meantime, we've come to terms with it, thanks to the thousand advertisements that have made us a bit scrupulous, or not! Or not?

Those who already know the answer, you are free to do something else. The plaque: but what is it? Where does it come from? And how can we get rid of it?

What is plaque?

In simple words, dental plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on our teeth. We find it especially in places that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. You can do a small test: run your tongue over your teeth – if you haven't done your toilet today, you'll feel something that gives the sensation of fur. That's plaque. It's hard to see because it's practically transparent. But believe me, it's there.

After cleaning your teeth is before cleaning your teeth. Right after you put down the toothbrush, plaque starts to form.

Right after you brush your teeth, a protective layer of proteins present in our saliva forms, a so-called pellicle. This pellicle protects the teeth from acids and ensures that the enamel is enriched with the necessary minerals.

Initially, the pellicle is free of bacteria. But gradually, a multitude of bacteria from our microbiotic community find their way there – the production of plaque has begun. During the day, food residues, sugars, and tissue cells are added to it.

What effect does plaque have?

Sugars form a type of network that easily accumulates various bacteria. A process that further promotes the spread of plaque. Additionally, they serve as a source of nourishment for streptococci. They transform sugars into acids, which consequently attack the enamel and make it porous. Thus, bacteria can penetrate it, proceeding towards the inside of the tooth. Here comes the cavity.

Attention: Keep reading – from here on, our promis gel comes into play.

The bacteria continue to spread on the enamel and give the so far transparent plaque its characteristic yellowish color. It's time to brush your teeth. If you skip it, the plaque catalyzes and tartar is born whose rough surface promotes further deposits of bacteria.

From now on, even the gums are under attack. Plaque and tartar deposit between the tooth and the gums and promote the degradation of tissues, which in turn start to recede progressively. But first, they will inflame. The first messengers of inflammation can be reddened, swollen, or bleeding gums. If you don't act now, the teeth will loosen and, finally, fall out.

What can I do against plaque?

You should know: the our promis gel was developed precisely for these antibacterial tasks. Tests conducted in our laboratories demonstrate the gel's effect on those bacteria that transform sugars into acids: “cuts” the hands of the bacteria, so they can't “cling” to the tooth.

If these bacteria are missing, other bacteria will also not find surfaces to cling to. According to our study, the teeth show 70% less of the bacteria responsible for plaque (and therefore for tartar, cavities, and gingivitis). And don't forget: don't neglect the semi-annual visits to the dentist and hygienist to make sure your teeth are 100% healthy.

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