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Author: Dr. Tontra Lowe

Plaque is a white, sticky film that clings to your teeth and threatens to create tooth decay and gum disease. This is why it’s extremely important to remove it on a regular basis. If you don’t, the plaque will turn into tartar and will irritate and infect your gums, creating gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can result in loose and lost teeth.

So, it’s important to remove the plaque from your smile as much as possible. You can do so by doing the following things:

-Brush: Brush your teeth twice a day—every morning and every night—for two minutes each time. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. The soft bristles will remove the plaque from your smile and will be gentle with your gums. It’s important to brush regularly so the plaque won’t have the chance to harden into tartar.

-Floss: Flossing is essential because it removes the plaque that resides between your teeth. Brushing usually can’t clean those hard-to-reach places, so it’s important not to forget to floss. As you floss, use an easy-to-use product, like waxed floss, and be careful as you clean near the gumline.

-Professional Cleaning: Our regular dental cleaning and checkup is the only treatment that can completely remove the plaque and tartar from your smile. Therefore, it’s extremely important to receive this treatment every six months. This will help you prevent gum disease and even tooth decay.

To learn more about how to remove plaque in Haymarket, Virginia, please call our Awesome Smiles Dental Center today at 571-261-2600 and schedule an appointment. We are happy to give you a demonstration on how to properly and effectively clean your smile. We look forward to helping you!