The most dreaded word insofar as dental hygiene is concerned is perhaps plaque. Ever since childhood, we have all been taught that this is the number one culprit for our dental problems. And this is very true, but yet, plaque remains a pressing problem for many of us.
We have the tools to combat plaque but we just lack the consistency in doing what is required. It is therefore very important to make it a habit all the proper practices in taking care of our dental health. Presented in the form of dental tips, the following should be ingrained in all of us until it becomes a habit.
Brush the teeth regularly
Some may find this tip as overused but the fact remains that most people fail to brush their teeth regularly. Others may not even think of this until such time that tooth problems start to appear. As dental organizations recommend, brushing of teeth should be done on a daily basis at least twice a day. Failing to do this may allow excess plaque to build up until it gets to a point that ordinary brushing may not do the job.
Floss the teeth each day
Brushing may not be able to remove plaque and other debris located between the teeth and the gum line. To make sure that these areas are cleaned, flossing should be done, once a day. This is important since inattention to this will lead to more problems later on such as periodontal diseases and cavities in between teeth. If flossing causes discomfort, there are other options that your dentist may recommend.
Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash
It has been shown by different studies that mouth rinses fight plaque and may prevent tooth decay. But in order to get the desired result, these rinses must contain effective antimicrobial elements and fluoride and not just, like some of those advertised which are mainly, cosmetic and intended to temporarily mask bad breath.
Control sugary foods
Foods containing sugar have been known to produce more plaque. Sugar feeds bacteria that have a tendency to stick to the teeth making them conducive to multiply and form plaque on your teeth and gums. The sugar then turns to acid and other waste products which may then damages teeth with cavities and causes gum disease. Since eliminating sugar foods may be difficult, at least cut down snacking in between meals, substitute with whole grain and tooth friendly foods, and make sure that the teeth are cleaned after eating or drinking foods with high sugar content.
Visit the dentist regularly
Regular oral hygiene does not remove all the dental deposits, especially those that have turned into tartar. Dental Hygienist or a Dentist has the necessary tools to remove those hardened plaques. It is even recommended that this type of cleaning should be done at least twice a year. In addition, these regular visits provide an opportunity to have your teeth checked and get useful advices from your dentist.