How Can I Prevent Plaque and Tartar?

how-can-i-prevent-plaque-and-tartarPlaque and tartar can be extremely harmful for your teeth. If left untreated, they can cause cavities, tooth decay and tooth loss, and infection. Plaque, a sticky film made up of the bacteria within your mouth, is impossible to prevent from forming. If left untreated, it can quickly form tartar, which is calcified plaque that cannot be brushed or flossed away. Here are some quick helpful tips to prevent plaque and tartar build up!

Three Quick Tips to Prevent Plaque and Tartar Build Up:

  • Brush and floss twice a day. This is something we hear every time we go to our dentist to the point we may tune it out, but it’s worth repeating. Brushing and flossing are a step you can do at home to keep plaque and tartar at bay. If plaque is left sitting in your mouth, it only takes 48 hours for it to harden and become tartar. Staying diligent and thorough is an easy way to keep your smile healthy and avoid costly treatments to repair it.
  • Schedule routine Checkups and Cleanings. It is important to regularly schedule appointments to checkup and clean your teeth at least twice a year. That way your dentist and hygienist can check for cavities or infections and remove any plaque or tartar build up that you may have missed.
  • Make sure you have the right toothbrush and toothpaste. This is an easy step to skimp out on but it makes a world of difference. Your toothbrush shouldn’t have frayed bristles. Also, make sure your toothpaste has the appropriate amount of fluoride. Fluoride helps rebuild tooth enamel and reverse early signs of tooth decay. It might seem like a small thing, but it makes a world of difference.