Five Ways to Fight Plaque

Dental Plaque removal


Dental plaque is a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that creates a thin, sticky coating over the teeth. If this coating sticks around for too long, it can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Because bacteria feeds on sugar, this produces an acid that attacks the teeth, which ruins the teeth’s protective outer layer (enamel). It’s important to get into a healthy daily oral routine to decrease the amount of plaque on your teeth.

    1. Brush Your Teeth Regularly

Did you know that plaque forms on teeth just 4-12 hours after brushing? Hence, the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. If cavities are common for you, speak with your dentist about looking into an electric toothbrush. Brush twice a day to keep the plaque away!

   2. Floss Properly

Proper flossing is an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth. It is recommended to flossing at least once a day to remove plaque in areas between the teeth that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing also helps to clean the spaces along the gum lines, leading to healthier teeth and gums.

  3. Use a Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwashes help prevent bad breath, plaque build-up, and gum disease. In fact, antibacterial formulas can reduce bacteria counts in the mouth by an average of 75%. Listerine and other products that contain thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, and menthol are the only over-the-counter antibacterial mouthwashes approved by the ADA Seal of Acceptance for effectively reducing gum disease and plaque.

  4. Be Mindful of Your Diet

For a healthy mouth, it’s best to only indulge in sweet treats every once in a while. Bacteria feeds off of sugar, so if sugar is left on the teeth, bacteria will thrive. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water every day and try to eat fruits and vegetables high in fiber throughout the day!

  5. Don’t Miss Your Dental Appointments!

This step may seem obvious, but it’s important to visit your dentist every 6-12 months for cleanings. Remain proactive about your oral health by attending regular dental checkups!

For a healthier mouth and teeth try incorporating these five healthy habits into your oral health routine! Fight off plaque and keep your smile confident! To schedule a cleaning or to learn more about the services offered at OF Dental Care please visit  or contact us at 310.273.3650 with any questions.






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