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What is Plaque_

Your teeth are a critical part of your health; smooth, slick, sexy teeth are more than just eye catchers! Proper oral hygiene is instrumental, so that you not only look great, but also feel great as well! This brings us to our next question: what is plaque, and what do I do about it?

Plaque is bacteria that forms on the surface of your teeth from the foods you eat as well as your saliva. This bacteria is constantly forming within your mouth and, if not treated, may become tarter and can cause cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, or other forms of mouth disease. Like you, your smile deserves to live a happy, healthy, and spotless life!

How do I prevent Plaque?

A consistent daily routine of brushing and flossing your teeth paired with routine cleanings from your preferred dentist is vital for the health of your smile. Your teeth deserve the best, so we have compiled a checklist (below) of routine procedures you can follow so that you can ensure you are constantly keeping your teeth in the best shape possible.

  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gumline! Flavor isn’t as important as just doing it! Be sure that your floss is about 18 inches long so that you can effectively reach between your teeth and take care of your gumline.
  • Brush twice daily thoroughly for at least two minutes each time. Proper brushing keeps your breath fresh and your teeth healthy. Brushing at a proper angle with a soft bristle brush and taking care to brush all sides and sections of your teeth as well as your tongue will prevent bacteria from growing. Your smile will light up the room!
  • Limit sugary or starchy foods, including sticky snacks to reduce the amounts of harmful bacteria. The bacteria can turn into acids and attack your teeth’s enamel. Avoid sticky situations and achieve the healthy, happy smile that you want!
  • Schedule regular (semi-annual) dental visits for professional cleanings and dental examinations. These visits are instrumental in monitoring your oral health and optimal hygiene. Tartar and plaque removal are just a part of routine cleanings. X-rays and exams can play critical roles in preventing gum disease, gingivitis, tooth decay, and other oral health challenges.

These daily habits enable a smile that sparkles while biannual visits to the dentist bring the extra care and pizazz that can stop a crowd!

If you are ready to take the next steps in your oral health journey, reach out to our amazing staff and schedule an appointment. We offer a variety of oral cleaning services, including prophylaxis cleaning, scaling and root planning, gross debridement, periodontal maintenance. A healthy mouth is a healthy body! Visit our website at or call our office in Bellmont at 617-209-2378. You can also visit us on social media at