What Is Dental Plaque and How Can I Get Rid of It?

What Is Dental Plaque and How Can I Get Rid of It?

At Arden Dental Center in Bloomingdale, Illinois, we are committed to taking care of your oral health. In this blog, we’re taking a closer look at a few simple oral hygiene tips that you can follow at home to address dental issues like plaque.

What Is Plaque? 

When the bacteria in your mouth mix with sugary foods, they release acids. If you don’t brush your teeth soon after eating or drinking, this combination of bacteria, acids, and food particles creates plaque. 

Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth. It is actually a “biofilm” composed of microbes surrounded by a gluey polymer.  

When plaque isn’t regularly removed, it hardens into tartar. Tartar can cause tooth decay and lead to toothaches, sensitivity, inflammation, as well as gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.

Tips for Getting Rid of Plaque

Use Floss or Interdental Brushes

You should floss at least once a day with dental floss or use a water flosser or an interdental brush to get rid of food and plaque stuck between the teeth. 

Brush Properly

Brush your teeth properly twice a day. Go for soft-bristled toothbrushes and, while brushing, use circular motions at different angles to remove plaque. You can also use tartar control toothpaste to better manage plaque and tartar buildup.

Rinse Your Mouth After You Eat or Drink Anything

This helps eliminate food particles and prevents the buildup of germs in the mouth.

Use Mouthwash

You can rinse your mouth once a day with an antibacterial mouthwash to fight plaque and keep your breath fresh. You should use it after brushing and flossing. 

Choose Healthy Foods

Cut back on sugary drinks and starchy snacks. Instead, choose nutritious snacks such as plain yogurt, cheese, raw vegetables, or fruit.

Although everyone gets plaque, you may develop more plaque than usual if you consume a lot of starchy foods or drinks or have a dry mouth due to medications, smoking, or any medical conditions.

With proper oral hygiene, you can be free of plaque and prevent serious dental problems. Visit the dentist regularly for routine dental checkups and professional cleanings. To learn more, contact Arden Dental Center at (630) 529-0303 or visit our dental office at 303 E Army Trail Rd Ste 421, Bloomingdale, IL 60108.


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