Fighting Plaque At Home, And With Your Dentist’s Help

Hopefully, you already have a strategy for fighting a potential buildup of plaque on your teeth. Effective and consistent brushing and flossing routines help people rid their teeth of the bacteria buildup that can lead to the development of this unpleasant substance. Unfortunately, some people can be too confident in an oral hygiene regimen that is not giving them enough protection. You should spend the time needed to ensure your teeth are properly cleaned. You should also take advantage of the routine services offered during a preventive dental exam. Your St. Louis, MO dentist is ready to provide important protection for your smile at every semiannual visit.

How Can I Avoid A Buildup Of Plaque On My Teeth?

You can fight plaque by brushing and flossing. You can also protect your smile by eating a sensible, low-sugar diet. By sticking with a varied, high-nutrient diet, you limit how many sugars the harmful oral bacteria on your teeth can eat. This reduces the amount of acids those bacteria produce, which reduces your risk for tooth decay.

Plaque Can Turn Into Calculus

When plaque deposits are not removed, they harden to tartar. Once this happens, you will need to have your teeth professionally cleaned to be rid of this substance. Preventing calculus means making short work of plaque, which can call for better brushing and flossing habits. People sometimes assume that because they brush and floss every day, they are doing enough. You should also take account of how thorough you are when you perform these tasks. Do you take at least two minutes to brush, and move your floss string in a vertical motion? Failing to be thorough in this regard can lead to your missing portions of your teeth. You also need to think about the effect poor brushing and flossing have on your periodontal health, as you might be overlooking your gum line – this can make your risk for an infection higher.

Make Regular Dental Exams Part Of Your Plan To Keep Your Smile In The Best Possible Shape

At each of your semiannual checkups, Dr. Johnson can help you fight plaque, and address any issues with your teeth and gums. Your professional cleaning can take care of harmful bacteria, and lead to feedback about your current efforts to clean your teeth at home. These visits also provide you with a thorough review of your teeth, which can lead to the discovery of any issues that should be treated. Early treatments can change your experience in the dentist’s office. For instance, a cavity caught during a checkup can require a dental filling, but one overlooked until you develop a toothache can call for a root canal treatment.

Talk To Magnolia Family Dental About Improving Your Fight Against Plaque Buildup

Magnolia Family Dental can help you in your ongoing fight to stop plaque from building up on your teeth. We can provide great care during each of your checkups, and give you helpful tips on improving your oral hygiene regimen at home. To set up your appointment, please call Magnolia Family Dental in Kirkwood/St. Louis, MO, today at 314-822-4521.