Plaque is a thin filmy substance that is constantly forming on the surface of teeth. It isn’t easy to see it and it isn’t always easy to get it off, so having a cleaning and checkup every six months at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in North Dallas is a very good idea.
Plaque is formed by bacteria and sugars, and totally coats the teeth. It’s a constant process; the stuff is always forming. That’s why you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. It’s important to remove it because plaque is what causes cavities.
The best strategy for fighting plaque is to brush your teeth after every meal. That way, you get it as begins to form. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a light touch. Hard bristles can be pretty rough on your gums.
Remember to toss your toothbrush out and get a new one every three months or so. Once the bristles start to bend out of shape they don’t work as well. It’s also important to hold the bristles at a 45-degree angle as you brush, and use gentle, circular strokes.
Two Minute Warning
Try to brush for two minutes! Some people find that challenging. You can use a timer to help, or listen to some music to take your mind off the brushing. That way the time will fly by, and you may even go beyond that two minute minimum.
Get inside and outside the teeth, and along the chewing surfaces, too. Don’t forget to brush your tongue. Your objective is to get your entire mouth.
Proper brushing also helps to fight gum disease.
At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in North Dallas, we want all our patients to enjoy clean, healthy teeth. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.