Plaque and stains seem to build up on my teeth quickly. What can I do to prevent this?
The best way to stay ahead of plaque and stains building up on your teeth is to practice excellent oral hygiene on a daily basis. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. It’s also crucial that you go to the dentist regularly for a professional cleaning. When plaque hardens to tartar, this hard substance is impossible to get off teeth without special dental instruments.
You might also want to take a look at your diet. Certain foods can cause plaque to build up more quickly. When you eat foods with sugar, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with plain water after consuming them. After about a half hour, brush your teeth to get rid of the bacteria that feed on the sugars. It’s best not to brush immediately after eating because some foods can weaken the tooth enamel, and brushing too soon after eating can contribute to damage of the enamel.
When you come in for your regular checkups, we can talk to you about a personalized treatment schedule based on your habits, diet, and desired outcome. We can also talk to you about products such as flossers and dental brushes that are small enough fit between the teeth.