• Dr. D'Amico's Team

Top Tips to Avoid Plaque Build-Up

Updated: Jun 18

Plaque can be a real nuisance when it comes to the health of your mouth. This slimy, sticky layer of bacteria and food particles can not only cause your teeth to look dingy and unhealthy, it also causes tooth decay and gum disease when not properly handled. No, plaque is unwanted in the mouth, but how do you prevent it? Can you prevent it? When it comes to plaque, it's time to say good-bye. We're ridding ourselves of this nasty, little problem once and for all.

Here are our top tips to avoid plaque build-up...

Regular Brushing

You've probably been told since you were a child that proper oral hygiene helps to prevent cavities and tooth decay, but how diligent are you when it comes to regular brushing? Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing plaque, which means that brushing twice a day for two minutes each time is recommended for best results. This helps to prevent the spread of bacteria in the mouth and thus, the build-up of plaque.

Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups is highly advised as well. This helps to ensure that your teeth and gums are evaluated and cleaned properly, so plaque doesn't continue to build up and harden, causing tartar to form.

Don't Forget to Floss!

Flossing can be a part of the routine that gets skipped the most, and many people don't realize just how important flossing is to their overall oral hygiene routine! Brushing alone won't remove all the bacteria in the mouth, especially the bacteria and food particles that can get caught in tough-to-reach areas, like in between the teeth. Do your best to ensure flossing is added to your routine, so that you can prevent plaque from causing problems in your mouth.

The Right Products

Not all oral hygiene products are created equally, so be sure to choose wisely when it comes to the health of your smile. After all, your smile is one of the first things that others notice about you and it can affect your overall general health. Treat it with the respect it deserves and choose the right products to take care of it. Many dental professionals recommend brushing with a charcoal toothbrush, due to the various benefits of activated charcoal. Charcoal absorbs the bacteria found in the mouth to not only provide a cleaner mouth, but a whiter smile as well.

Adopting a Proper Diet

You are what you eat, especially when it comes to the health of your mouth. Certain foods, like sweets, can wreak havoc on your smile and should be avoided as much as possible. You see, the bacteria that makes up plaque can't get enough when it comes to sugar. This means that a diet full of sugary treats makes bacteria thrive in the mouth, causing plaque build-up and other problems. Instead, opt for healthier options, like:

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Cheese

  • Fish

  • Green tea

When you adopt a healthier diet, your teeth (and your body) will thank you for it. Not only will you feel better, you'll decrease your risk of developing certain diseases and your smile will stay healthy as well.

Plaque is an unwelcome guest in the mouth, so banish it with these helpful tips. Remember a clean mouth is a healthy mouth, so incorporate these practices into your daily routine for a shining smile.

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