Your Plan for Preventing Dental Plaque
Dental plaque is a natural occurrence, and everyone has it. This sticky film is constantly developing on your teeth and is full of bacteria and their byproducts. When it stays on your teeth too long, it can weaken the enamel and irritate your gums. Over time, this can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. Good dental habits can keep plaque under control.
1. Brush properly
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean thoroughly without hurting your teeth or gums. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums, and use gentle, circular strokes to clean each tooth. Cover the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of the teeth as you go, which should take about two minutes. Be sure to brush after each meal, or at least twice a day.
2. Clean between teeth
Plaque can even get into the close spaces between teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach, so you need floss, dental picks, or an interdental cleaner to clean between your teeth. Make sure to clean between your teeth daily.
Mouthwash is a great addition to anyone’s anti-plaque regimen. An antimicrobial mouthwash kills germs while a fluoride mouthwash helps harden enamel. We can help you decide on the best mouthwash for your needs.
4. Eat a balanced diet
Too much sugar and starch will feed oral bacteria, which in turn produce more plaque. Eat a balanced diet with limited amounts of starchy, carbohydrate-rich foods and simple sugars to nourish your smile instead.
5. Schedule a dental cleaning
Your everyday routine is one of the most important parts of plaque prevention, but regular cleanings also play a big role. Schedule professional cleanings and checkups about twice a year to clean and polish those hard-to-reach areas and to monitor your dental health.
Call our office today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our team.
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