There are various steps that contribute to keeping your dental hygiene in check. Only once all these are combined together and incorporated in your daily routine can they help bring about a significant change.
The buildup of plaque is one of the most common concerns faced by individuals. This will be visible to you in the form of yellowish coating on your teeth, especially at the gum line. This will cause your teeth and gums to weaken.
What Is It?
All the food you consume and the protein in your diet comes together and forms a layer on your teeth that is known as dental plaque.
This contains millions of bacteria which can cause cavities and gum disease. Plaque once hardened is known as tartar.
If not removed, it could result in gingivitis which is an early stage of periodontal disease. Since tartar is closer to the gums, if not taken care of in time, can weaken the tissue supporting your teeth.
Changes In Routine
Certain changes in routine can help to combat the buildup of plaque.
- Reduce starch and sugar intake as these are the major cause of plaque buildup on teeth.
- Increase your water intake
- Brush your teeth daily, twice a day: use a brush with soft bristles so that it is not too harsh on your gums
- Use a mouthwash that eliminates bacteria and prevents plaque
- Use a toothpaste that is meant to weaken the layer of plaque
- Flossing once a day is the only way you can reach between the teeth and clean the plaque
- When using other plaque prevention products, check to see if it contains xylitol. It is very effective when it comes to prevention of buildup
What Can A Dentist Do?
It is recommended you visit our dental clinic twice a year in order to get professional cleaning that can help to remove plaque.
Our experienced dentists at Bethesda Dental Health can help to clean all these impurities from your teeth. This will be the right preventative measure, and will reduce the chances of experiencing more severe health concerns.
We also help you combat discoloration with professional teeth whitening treatment.
In case you are facing problems with plaque and want to go that extra mile for the right care, rinsing your mouth with water between meals can also help to wash out food particles left behind so the matter is less likely to stick to your teeth.
Saliva also helps to eradicate plaque, and chewing gum is the best way to produce more saliva.