A key part of improving dental health is eliminating plaque buildup on your teeth. Though we all know what plaque is–and how it feels–very few of us know the actual science behind it. By reading more about plaque, you can learn the most effective methods of removal, as well as how to effectively prevent plaque buildup altogether. If you are someone who cares about his or her dental hygiene, read on to learn more about how to help yourself. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is plaque?
Plaque is that yucky, white sticky film that builds up on your teeth and in your gumline. Basically, the acids produced by plaque eat away at tooth enamel, which then leads to tooth decay. Not only do you risk having weaker teeth, but plaque buildup can also cause gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease.
What foods cause the most plaque?
If you are concerned about plaque buildup, you should try and avoid the following foods:
- Sour or sticky candies
- Potato chips
Essentially, most foods that are high in carbohydrates (starchy or sugary foods) will generate more plaque buildup. By avoiding or reducing your intake of these foods, you can actually prevent the amount of plaque created in your mouth.
How can I remove plaque from my teeth at home?
- First and foremost, you must practice brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly. Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day to eliminate plaque buildup, then follow up with a rinse of fluoride mouthwash.
- Eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and avoid foods that dry out your mouth.
- Avoid smoking–we know you know it’s bad!
- As long as your dentist approves, use tartar-control toothpaste with fluoride.
While these are all great ways to maintain a clean, healthy smile, the best thing you can do is pay a visit to your trusted local dentist to ensure your teeth are as clean as can be!
Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!