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What Is Plaque and How Can It Harm My Teeth?

teeth with plaque

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and can cause severe damage if left untreated. Not only can it lead to tooth decay and gum disease, but it can also cause bad breath and discoloration of your teeth. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent plaque buildup and protect your teeth. Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth healthy and plaque-free.

How to Combat Plaque

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

Brushing your teeth twice daily is one of the most important things you can do to prevent plaque buildup. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your teeth and remove any food particles or bacteria that may be stuck on your teeth. Make sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the front, back, and top.

Floss Daily

Flossing is just as important as brushing to prevent plaque buildup. Flossing helps to remove any food particles or bacteria that may be stuck between your teeth and can't be removed by brushing alone. Make sure to floss at least once a day, preferably before bed.

Use Mouthwash

Using mouthwash can help to kill bacteria in your mouth and prevent plaque buildup. Look for a mouthwash containing fluoride that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Use the mouthwash after brushing and flossing for best results.

Avoid Sugary and Acidic Foods

Sugary and acidic foods can contribute to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Try to limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods, such as candy, soda, and citrus fruits. If you do eat these foods, make sure to brush your teeth afterwards.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing plaque buildup. Your dentist can remove any plaque or tartar that may have formed on your teeth and provide tips on improving your oral hygiene routine.

Following these tips can prevent plaque buildup and protect your teeth from damage. If you're concerned about plaque buildup or have other dental concerns, contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry for a consultation. Our experienced team can provide the care and advice you need to keep your teeth healthy and strong. (845) 209-2500

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