Tips to Brush Away More Dental Plaque

Apr 9th, 2014 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene, Preventive Dentistry

woman with big toothbrushMost people are familiar with dental plaque, and the fact that they should brush it away as often as possible (at least twice a day is recommended). If asked what dental plaque is, however, not as many people could answer more descriptively than, “the sticky stuff on your teeth.” The problem with dental plaque is that it’s more than just uncomfortable; it’s also dangerous. The biofilm is comprised of bacteria that, if not controlled on a daily basis, can overwhelm your oral tissues, leading to gum disease, cavities, and chronic bad breath (halitosis). When brushing fails to remove plaque, only your dentist can clean its calcified form, tartar, from your teeth to prevent the onset of a dental disease.

Get the Upper Hand on Plaque

The American Dental Association (ADA) advises visiting your dentist at least once every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning. During your visit, Dr. Moiceanu or one of our experienced hygienists will thoroughly clean plaque and tartar from on and between your teeth, including along your gum line. In the meantime, increase your toothbrush’s effectiveness, and your smile’s protection, with the following tips;

  • Use a soft-bristled brush that won’t scrape your tooth enamel
  • Change your toothbrush every three months, or as soon as the bristles become frayed
  • Don’t forget the gums; angle the bristles to effectively brush the seal where your gums meet your teeth
  • Brush your teeth for at least 2-3 minutes, allowing enough time to cover every surface of every tooth
  • Be sure to brush the backs of your teeth, where food and plaque can hide more easily
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride, which strengthens enamel (the protective layer of minerals around your teeth)
  • Besides brushing twice a day, Dr. Moiceanu recommends flossing at least once, preferably before bedtime
  • Choose a floss that glides easily between your teeth, or ask Dr. Moiceanu for suggestions
  • Rinsing with mouthwash can more effectively remove plaque, as well as freshen your breath
  • If Dr. Moiceanu prescribes anti-bacterial mouthwash, use it as directed to combat harmful oral bacteria

ABOUT YOUR RICHMOND DENTIST:

Dr. Stefan Moiceanu is a highly skilled general and cosmetic dentist who proudly serves patients of all ages from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities. To learn more about protecting and improving your smile, schedule a consultation by calling Hilltop Family Dental today at 510-758-7222.


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