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Previously, many people thought that you lost your teeth as you got older! Of course, this assumption was wrong, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your teeth pearly white right into old age, including removing plaque. We're going to take a look at how to get rid of plaque, and why it is valuableto do so.
As you may be aware of, one of the threats to your dental health, is plaque. There are various types of plaque, but all of them are hazardous to your dental health. Some types produce tooth decay, and some can cause gum disease.
So What Exactly Is Plaque, Anyway?
Plaque is a build up of damaging germs which live in the interior your mouth, and which build up on your teeth.
When you consume things like candy bars, the residue from these unhealthy sweet snacks provides nutrients to the germs in your mouth. That's right; sweets are bad for your wellbeing, but the harmful germs in your mouth thrive on them. Yes, life just isn't fair!
Removing Plaque Through Proper Brushing
Having the correct brushing routine is vital in ensuring that plaque gets removed before it becomes an issue.
Floss: Flossing removes food particles, and germs from in-between the teeth. This is an valuable step, as toothbrushes simply can't get in-between the teeth like dental floss can. If you only floss once daily, it is best to do it before going to bed.
Rinse: This is a really important step that a lot of people neglect out. Flossing and brushing may remove food particles and plaque from the teeth, but they can still get caught inside your mouth. You need to rinse well with clean water, rinsing it around your mouth and in-between your teeth before spitting it out again. This will get any trapped particles out of your mouth, and flush out the food supply that those naughty germs are living on!
Brush teeth: Small circular motions and short back-and-forth motions work best for brushing the teeth. Be careful! Don't apply too much pressure, as this can remove the enamel coating which protects your teeth.
Brush the tongue and roof of the mouth: This removes any left over food particles from these areas, and leaves the mouth feeling fresh.
Rinse (yes, again)!
You Simply Must Visit A Dentist
Even with a recommended brushing routine and even if you are thoroughly removing plaque, you have to visit your dentist. Regular check ups will help to catch any troubles as they develop, and stop them. It's best to catch and stop any troubles early, not letting them grow into something that your dentist can not treat.
You should confirm with your dentist how frequently you should make an appointment. Depending on the healthiness of your mouth, this can vary between 6 months to 2 years.
Other Options To Consider
Chew sugar-free gum: When you chew, it stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is the body's natural defence, and helps to neutralise plaque acid. Consider chewing sugar-free gum after eating.
Chew disclosing tablets: Dental plaque is often very difficult to see, so how can you tell if you're really getting rid of it? A good way is to use disclosing tablets. These are tablets which you chew, and which give the plaque on your teeth a red colour so that you can easily spot where to brush. If you know where the plaque is located, it's easier to target and remove. Disclosing tablets are a fantastic aid in removing plaque.
Use dental picks: A dental pick is a small stick which you can use to remove food particles from between the teeth. A lot of people find these a lot easier to use than dental floss.
Get an electric or sonic toothbrush: Many dentists now advise the use of an electric toothbrush, and indeed clinical trials by manufacturers have shown that sonic toothbrushes in particular are useful in getting rid of plaque. In fact, they have been shown to remove twice as much plaque as a normal manual brush. Advanced sonic toothbrushes can also give you advice about the pressure you should use when you brush; giving your mouth a balanced clean.
Get a UV sanitizer for your toothbrushes: A UV sanitizer uses UV light to kill 99.9% of germs that are left on your toothbrush, in-between uses. The less germs on your brush, the less plaque-causing germs go into your mouth at brushing time. Some advanced electric toothbrushes come with a UV sanitizer.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon! We should all be doing some (if not all) of the above things and often removing plaque. There are no excuses; next time you visit the dentist, make sure your mouth is clean, and plaque-free!
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