Dental plaque: it is the sticky, colorless bacteria that coats your teeth after you eat foods loaded with carbohydrates. If not removed by brushing and flossing, dental plaque will not only make your teeth feel “fuzzy,” but the bacteria will also begin to produce acids, acids which slowly destroy tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.
Preventing Dental Plaque
Preventing dental plaque is actually fairly easy.
- Brushing: To best prevent plaque buildup, it is important to brush at least twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush. Also be sure to use a toothpaste containing fluoride.
- Flossing: You should also floss at least once a day to help remove food particles from between your teeth.
- Mouthwash: An antibacterial mouthwash can help further reduce the bacteria that causes plaque.
- Dental Sealant: This thin plastic coating applied to your teeth help protect them from cavities and decay.
- Eat Healthy: Eating healthy and avoiding snacking is one of your best defenses against plaque buildup.
- Regular Dental Visits: During these semi-annual visits your dentist will clean and polish your teeth as well as remove plaque and tartar from your gums. While doing this, he/she will also be checking your teeth and gums for any signs of more serious problems. Fluoride treatments may also be used to keep your tooth enamel strong to help avoid tooth decay.
If you have any questions about Dental Plaque, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Annapolis Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit AnnapolisDentalCare.com today!
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