Lime Layer is one of the most common dental problems. Doctors are advised to remove it to maintain oral and dental health and prevent periodontal disease. Read on to learn more about yellow teeth, how does lime layers affect teeth and gums? and tips on prevention of lime layer on the teeth.
How is the yellow lime layer made up?
Yellow lime layers are made up as a result of the neglect of oral hygiene. The plaque is a soft sticky substance that accumulates on the outer surface of the teeth and along the gum line, turns into a solid yellow structure known as the tooth shaft.
What is the black lime layer?
As mentioned by Tartar (also called dental calculus) is a solid deposition of the plaque that can accumulate on the teeth and usually appear below the gum line, and some forms of lime are black in color.
Common areas of black lime are found on teeth:
- At the bottom of the lower front teeth.
- The outer surface of the bulbs.
How can I remove the lime layers?
The dentist removes lime using special tools such as hand abrasives specifically designed for abrasive plaque and lime layers.
Sometimes, a dentist may need to use special vibrating tools that can break up lime, known as ultrasound devices.
How does lime affect teeth and gums?
Lime layer can make it difficult to brush and floss as it should, and this can lead to tooth decay and damage.
The lime that forms above the gum line may be bad because the bacteria in it can irritate the gums and damage them. Over time, this may lead to periodontal disease such as gingivitis, which can be stopped and reversed if you brush your teeth using a disinfectant lotion and get a regular cleaning from the dentist.
If the lime layer is not cleaned it may get worse, as the pockets are formed between the gums and teeth and infected with bacteria, this is called gingivitis. The immune system then sends chemicals to react and mix with the bacteria and secretions. This combination causes damage to the bones and tissues that maintain the teeth. Some studies link bacteria in gum disease with heart disease and other health problems.
Tips for prevention the lime layers
- Wash your teeth regularly twice a day for 2 minutes at a time, and make sure to include hard-to-reach surfaces behind your teeth and on your back teeth. Studies have found that an electric toothbrush may get rid of plaque better than a hand brush.
- Choose a custom toothpaste to control the lime with fluoride.
- Clean your teeth with a teeth thread, a tooth cleaning thread is the only way to remove plaque between the teeth and keep the lime outside these areas which are difficult to reach.
- Use daily cleanser mouthwash to help kill bacteria that cause plaque.
- Monitor diet and avoid sugary and starchy foods as much as possible.
- Avoid smoking. Studies suggest that people who smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products are more likely to have a lime layer.
Note: once a lime layer is formed, only a professional dentist will be able to remove it from your teeth, so visit your dentist every 6 months to remove plaque and lime that may be forming and prevent further problems.