Do you wake up in the morning with a substance around your teeth and aren’t quite sure what it is? If it coats over the back of your teeth as a yellow and pale with a sticky texture, it is likely to be dental plaque build-up.
If you’re wondering the reason why dental plaque is forming on your teeth, it is likely to be because your oral routine isn’t as strong enough as it should be. Whilst you may think your oral routine is strong enough, the results on your teeth tell a different story.
Luckily, there are some simple tips you can carry out to prevent plaque from building up further. If you let dental plaque get out of control, it can harden into tartar, which is difficult to remove whilst brushing your teeth. Plaque is also linked to tooth decay and cavities.
Perform these tips to prevent dental plaque plaque build-up.
Floss Between The Teeth
Food particles are likely to become stuck between teeth. This makes it more difficult to remove the particles with a toothbrush. Therefore, get some dental floss and begin to apply the film between your teeth to remove any food remains. Shortly after, rinse the mouth so it remains clean.
Stop Consuming Sugar and Starch
Sugar and starch are two big culprits that damage your teeth, but plaque can also combine with sugars and bacteria to form an acid attack. This will lead to enamel erosion. The more sugary your food, the more bacteria there is to deal with. If you do consume sugar in moderation, ensure that your mouth is rinsed thoroughly after. Bacteria produced from food particles can also cause dental plaque build-up. Tongue scraping will help reduce the level of bacteria in the mouth.
Never Neglect Check-Up Appointments
It is easy to make excuses to not visit the dentist for a check-up appointment. You may think your teeth are strong and clean enough in the mirror and, therefore, you avoid a visit to the dentist. This is a bad mindset to have because whilst your teeth may look clean on the outside, it doesn’t necessarily mean that nothing is brewing on the inside. Also, dental plaque build-up is more likely to form at the back of the teeth. The dentist can identify this instantly and perform a professional clean to remove it.
Swish The Mouth With Antibacterial Mouthwash
Antibacterial mouthwash is another effective tool to remove plaque. Some forms of mouthwash can cause dry mouth from alcohol, which isn’t good for removing plaque as saliva is a vital tool to keep your mouth clean. Consult your dentist on the best mouthwash to use.
Brush Your Teeth The Right Way
Whilst brushing your teeth is important, day and night, what is equally important is how you brush as well. First of all, use a soft-bristle toothbrush as hard bristles can damage your gums. Always ensure your brush is positioned at a downward angle to your teeth and gums. Also, make sure you replace your toothbrush at least every four mouths as the bristles on the brush can get worn out. This means it won’t be able to clean your teeth properly.
All five tips are dedicated to a strong oral routine at home. You should expect dental plaque build-up to disappear to make way for a stronger and shiny smile. If the plaque on your mouth has hardened, you make need to consult the dentist for a professional clean. After that, ensure your oral routine remains strong, including these tips.
Are your teeth showing signs of dental plaque build-up? You need a check-up with us at Lotus Dental today. Contact us here to book an appointment with us!