A dental plaque is a sticky film that is recurrently formed on your teeth. The sticky film has bacteria that produce acids after consuming something. Impacts of these acids include destruction of your tooth enamel, cavities, and gum disease. Plaque can also be found on the root of your teeth, gums, and the bones that support your teeth.
You can get plaque mostly from consuming sugary and starchy foods or drinks. Failure of removing a plaque makes the sticky film harder, then it becomes tartar which is way difficult to remove. Here are ways of removing plaque before it turns to tartar.
Practicing Exemplary Oral Hygiene
Regular brushing and flossing are the simple things you can do to remove plaque present in your mouth. Good oral hygiene prevents tartar from building up. You should brush your teeth at least two times a day. Also, ensure you use a soft toothbrush and make sure you replace them regularly to minimize the chances of the bristles wearing out. An electronic toothbrush can be more efficient for removing plaque. Most importantly, our professionals during your dental examination can remove the tartar and plaque with ease.
Using Baking Soda to Remove Plaque
You can also try using baking soda to remove plaque. The use of baking soda while brushing your teeth increases the chances of removing plaque while leaving the enamel intact. Also, there is a reduction of demineralization when you use baking soda. Demineralization entails the removal of calcium from your tooth enamel.
There are other ways you can prevent plaque from forming. These procedures include the use of dental sealants that minimize the possibilities of plaque forming on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The procedure is not common, but very effective. You can also use fluoride treatments to minimize the growth rate of plaque-forming bacteria. Chew sugarless gum if you must use chewing gum to reduce sugar levels in your mouth. To learn more about dental plaque and ways of removing it, please contact us today!
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