Dental plaque is a sticky bacteria-filled film that continually covers your teeth. It’s necessary to remove this film while it’s still soft through brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. If you don’t prevent plaque buildup, the plaque begins to harden and is much more difficult to displace. Failing to prevent plaque buildup results in a whole slew of dental issues from tooth decay to loss of teeth and gum disease. Here we offer 4 ways you can prevent plaque from building up and threatening your dental health.
1. Brush Twice Each Day
Brushing your teeth is the easiest way to remove plaque as it develops. The foods you eat and beverages you drink remain on your teeth and create a breeding ground for bacteria. Brush after meals for optimum plaque removal. If that isn’t always possible, make sure to brush thoroughly in the morning and before bed. You don’t want the plaque to remain on your teeth overnight. Be sure to brush correctly and replace your toothbrush every three months.
2. Floss and Clean Between Your Teeth
The nooks and crannies between your teeth make a great hiding place for plaque. Flossing before or after you brush is a very effective way to remove hidden plaque and prevent plaque buildup.
3. Use Dentist-Approved Mouthwash
Antibacterial mouthwash loosens and removes plaque from your teeth. But not any old mouthwash will do. Certain patients have specific requirements, so it’s best to consult your dentist. Some mouthwash contains alcohol, which can interfere with your saliva’s ability to keep your mouth healthy. And some mouthwash has ingredients that can irritate and inflame gums.
4. Avoid Sugary and Starchy Foods
Candy bars, soft drinks, chips and bread are among most people’s favorite foods. However, eating them every day contributes to tooth decay. The more sugary the food or simple the carbohydrate, the easier it is for bacteria to grow on your teeth. You don’t have to give up your favorite snacks entirely. Just enjoy them in moderation and rinse, brush or chew sugar-free gum after.
5. Eat Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables Frequently
Enjoying the gifts of mother nature, such as raw fruits and veggies, organic and skin on, is a great way to stay healthy. These tasty treats also help your mouth stay hydrated and increase saliva so plaque has a hard time settling. The crunchy quality of nature’s bounty helps dislodge plaque as well.
6. Regular Dental Check-Ups are Essential
Avoid plaque build-up and the damage it can cause by visiting your dentist every six months. Even with careful brushing and flossing, you will miss some plaque. Eventually, as it hardens it will turn into tartar which needs to be professionally removed.
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