Dealing With Plaque Buildup and Tooth Decay
You know that if you don’t care for your smile well, you could have to deal with problems such as cavities or gum disease. You may also know that you can avoid a number of dental issues if you simply stop plaque from building up. However, did you know that plaque buildup and tooth decay could work together and lead to cavities? Luckily, there are a few things you can do to slow plaque buildup and to prevent tooth decay.
You see, there is nothing you can do to prevent plaque, but, if you don’t remove it, you could ultimately have to cope with tooth decay. This can be extremely problematic because tooth decay may damage your enamel, which won’t grow back once it’s gone. This can leave your teeth even more susceptible to future tooth decay.
How to Remove Plaque
Fortunately, removing plaque is fairly simple. In fact, if you brush twice a day for two minutes at a time and floss every day, you’ll probably be doing all you need to. Still, there are a few other things you may consider doing. For instance, if you chew on crisp fruits and vegetables—such as apples, carrots, or celery—you’ll promote saliva flow. This is important because saliva will help control bacteria, which can promote plaque growth.
For instance, if you chew on crisp fruits and vegetables—such as apples, carrots, or celery—you’ll promote saliva flow. This is important because saliva will help control bacteria, which can promote plaque growth.
Reducing Plaque Buildup
While you can’t prevent plaque from growing, there are other issues that can promote its growth—and a few drinks that can help you avoid the problem.
- Milk is good for your teeth because it keeps your acidity level low, which slows plaque growth.
- Drinking water will also help the health of your mouth because it washes bacteria away.
Preserve Your Smile with Preventative Care
The best way to ensure your smile will last a lifetime is to be proactive about your dental care. We encourage all of our patients to schedule six-month check-ups and cleanings. Learn about our general and restorative services will keep your smile in ship shape.
If you have any questions or concerns about preventing tooth decay or plaque, please don’t hesitate to contact Distinctive Dental Care at (928) 445-3181. Our dentist, Dr. Paul Wulff, and our team are happy to offer you personalized advice. We look forward to hearing from you soon!