Your mouth is a very complex area of your body, but if anything goes wrong, the tiniest of problems can escalate very quickly into bigger ones. Plaque is the reason why you endeavour to keep your teeth clean, but if it gets a hold, it can set off a string of catastrophic events which will become harder to treat the longer you leave it. It will harden into tartar and then strangle the gums before infecting them; from this, gum disease will develop and affect the whole of your body. Plaque also leads to tooth decay, which will show itself in the form of pain whenever the surfaces of the tooth come into contact with anything. Now both decay and disease need to addressed as soon as possible because what follows is a tooth abscess; a dangerous condition that can become life threatening, as well as leading to tooth loss. It isn’t a very nice merry-go-round to find yourself on and you need to ensure that you change your oral hygiene and improve your lifestyle in order to prevent yourself from going down this dangerous route. If any of these topics affect or concern you, the people to ask are Clifton Dental over in Bristol; they can give you in-depth advice on these issues as well as information on oral hygiene, and you are lucky because they serve the Swindon area.