Avoid Plaque Buildup with These Tips
Plaque is a clear, sticky substance that continually grows on the surfaces inside your mouth. It forms when leftover food particles and saliva settle on your teeth. When not removed quickly, plaque turns into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. However, if you practise good oral hygiene, you can get rid of plaque and thereby prevent tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. Here’s how to prevent plaque from turning into tartar and causing oral health issues.
• Brush your teeth twice a day.
Use a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste to brush your teeth for at least two minutes two times a day. Take care to brush the backs of your teeth and areas where your teeth and gums meet.
• Floss every day.
Once a day, clean between each tooth using dental floss or another inter-dental cleaning tool. Take care to clean as far under your gums as you can.
• Drink lots of water.
This helps to rinse away the food particles that contribute to plaque formation. Avoid sugary drinks like juice and soda.
• Eat food that promotes saliva production.
Your saliva is key to preventing excessive plaque buildup. Fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products like cheese and yogurt, promote saliva production. As an added bonus, crunchy veggies help scrub your teeth as you chew them.
• See your dentist regularly.
No matter how well you brush your teeth, inevitably there’s plaque that gets left behind and turns into tartar. Twice a year, make an appointment with your Spruce Grove dentist for a cleaning and checkup.
• Watch what you eat.
You probably already know that eating sugary foods contributes to plaque and tooth decay. But did you realize that starchy foods are just as insidious? Foods like bread, pasta and potato chips can stick to your teeth for hours, allowing more bacteria to form.
• Ask your dentist about a sealant.
Dental sealants are protective coatings that get painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth in order to prevent decay. They bond to each nook and groove in your teeth and provide an effective barrier against plaque buildup.
Talk to your dentist if you’d like to know more about avoiding plaque buildup on your teeth. At Campbell Dental Centre in Spruce Grove, our dental professionals offer many services and treatments to protect you mouth. Call us today to make an appointment.