The formation of dental plaque on your teeth is a continuous process. This sticky colorless or pale yellow film is formed when your saliva combines with food and releases bacteria. When given a chance to accumulate on your teeth, it turns into a harder substance called tartar and can lead to various oral health issues.
Keep reading to learn more about how to remove plaque from your teeth to avoid tooth extraction and contact Dr. Lemmon at Picacho Family Dental Implant Center of Yuma, Arizona, to learn more about how to properly maintain your oral health.
These tips will help you clean your teeth like a pro:
How you brush your teeth is as important as how many times you do it. For effective cleaning, keep your brush at a 45-degree angle and clean your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day.
While your toothbrush can clean the surface of the teeth efficiently, it cannot reach between them. According to studies, flossing is the only way to eliminate the plaque formed between your teeth and along the gumline.
When it comes to deep cleaning plaque, ordinary tools won’t do. According to studies, an electric toothbrush is superior to a manual one for removing plaque. With their oscillating and rotating movements, they loosen plaque better and prevent tartar buildup.
For flossing, choose an 18-inch floss that has a coating of antimicrobial oils. If you are using a manual toothbrush, remember to swap it for a new one every 90-120 days.
The Xylitol in sugar-free gum prevents plaque from sticking to your teeth. This natural sweetener neutralizes the acids produced by the bacteria in plaque and helps fight tooth decay.
It helps to cut out the very source of plaque - sticky, sugary, and starchy foods. According to studies, you should avoid consuming fizzy drinks, alcohol, candy, chocolate, and pasta. Instead, eat fruits and veggies that gently clean plaque off.
Nothing can replace a thorough dental cleaning performed by your dentist. Dentists use scalers to clean plaque from between your teeth as well as your gum line.
To learn more about how we remove plaque without tooth extraction, call Picacho Family Dental Implant Center of Yuma at (928) 344-3177. You can also visit us at 3325 S Ave 8 E Suite 4, Yuma, Arizona 85365.