How can I remove plaque?
- Posted on: Jun 15 2022
At Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center, we assist patients in the areas of Bethlehem and Allentown, PA with their oral health needs. One issue that can arise without proper care of the smile is plaque. Plaque is a problem for many individuals, and it is important that you fully understand what it is and how to remove it to reduce your risk of developing disease and decay.
What is plaque?
Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums. Plaque can cause cavities and gum disease if it’s not removed. This is why it is so important for patients to visit their dentist regularly to maintain a healthy smile.
How do I remove or reduce the development of plaque?
There are many ways to remove plaque from teeth and reduce the risk. Some of these methods are:
- Brushing your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste
- Flossing your teeth
- Using a dental flosser
- Using mouthwash
- Visiting your dentist for a teeth cleaning
All of these methods are effective at removing plaque from teeth. However, the best way to remove plaque is to visit your dentist for a teeth cleaning. Your dental hygienist will use special tools and equipment to remove all of the plaque from your teeth during your routine dental visits. This may also be incorporated with an evaluation that might include dental x-rays. Dental x-rays can help the dental team evaluate the smile beyond where the eye can see to catch problems below the gumline that may be developing without anyone’s knowledge. Cavities and infection can be spotted with dental x-rays along with a physical evaluation.
Call Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center today
If you are interested in learning more about caring for the smile and reducing the risk of plaque, decay, and disease, now is a great time to connect with our team at one of our two office locations in Allentown or Bethlehem, PA. We provide care for existing patients and families, as well as new ones, so do not hesitate to contact us to book a consultation visit and learn more about the goals and values of our staff.