Patients often wonder how they can get rid of plaque and prevent plaque build-up. There are easy at-home solutions that can help you prevent rapid plaque build-up before it hardens into tartar. The bacteria in plaque can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Regular removal of plaque can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Regardless of your personal commitment to at-home dental hygiene, regular dentist office visits are recommended to make sure plaque and other minor dental issues are taken care of before they develop into more serious concerns that may require oral surgery. Zeal Dentistry, in San Francisco, is committed to providing exceptional cleaning services designed to best fit your comfort and safety. Reach out to us today at 415.792.4771 to speak with a trained representative today and set up an appointment for your regular check-up.
How Can I Remove Plaque From My Teeth?
Bacteria in plaque build-up can damage your teeth, cause cavities, and aggravate your gums which can lead to gum disease. Keeping this in mind, it’s important not to let plaque remain on your teeth for extended periods of time. When plaque on your teeth mixes with minerals in your saliva, it hardens into tartar.
Unlike plaque, tartar is not something that you can remove by brushing or flossing. Removing tartar requires a trip to the dentist. The dentist uses a process of scaling to pick tartar off of your teeth and then polishes your teeth, so they are smooth and shiny.
How Can I Prevent Plaque Build-up in the First Place?
To prevent plaque from forming requires sticking to good dental habits. Remember to brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice per day. It’s also recommended you floss at least once each day. The brushing technique is important, and it’s a good idea to talk to your dentist about how to brush your teeth in a gentle way that removes debris and plaque from your teeth without being too forceful which can result in gum recession.
Regular dental appointments are essential in preventing plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth. Your dentist will clean and scrape your teeth during a standard cleaning. When deemed necessary, your dentist or dental hygienist may perform a fluoride treatment. This can prevent and slow the growth of plaque bacteria and the build-up of tartar on your teeth. Fluoride treatments are one method for helping to prevent tooth decay.
Tips from Your Dentist
A healthy diet that is low in added sugars can limit bacteria growth on your teeth. A balanced diet can affect all aspects of your health, including teeth and gum health. A few over-the-counter products that can help reduce plaque build-up include:
- Soft toothbrush
- Quality cavity protection toothpaste
- Alcohol-free, enamel-safe mouthwash
- Plaque loosening mouthwash
- Soft or gentle dental floss
- Dental picks
Receive Personalized Care with Zeal Dentistry
Patients rave about Dr. Raina. An all-star dentist with top reviews, Dr. Raina cares for patients with compassion and dedication. She can tell you all about our many programs and services, which include:
- General dentistry
- Pediatric dentistry
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Emergency dentistry
Zeal Dentistry is located in Fox Plaza across from the Twitter building in downtown SF. We have an onsite parking garage for your convenience.
Find a San Francisco Dentist
The dentists at Zeal Dentistry are committed to providing professional, individualized care for our patients. We look forward to helping you learn more about caring for your teeth so you can have a bright future. Reach out to us today at 415.792.4771 to speak with a representative who can assist you in scheduling an appointment.