Tooth plaque is a fact of life and everyone gets it. Plaque is a sticky film that forms when bacteria in your mouth builds up on your teeth. When plaque stays in your mouth too long, your teeth suffer. Be aware of changes to the appearance and function of your teeth. You can spot the symptoms of an infected root canal before it becomes a problem. Plaque eats at your teeth and makes them weak. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
There are ways to prevent plaque buildup in your mouth. Here are some tips.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
It’s especially important to get your bedtime brushing in, because without it, plaque sits on your teeth all night long.
Clean between your teeth.
Plaque can hide in the spaces between your teeth. Use dental floss to reach between the teeth. You should floss at least once a day. If wrapping floss around your fingers isn’t for you, there are other options that are just as effective, including:
- Dental picks
- Pre-threaded flossers
- Small, straight brushes that fit between your teeth
- Water flossers
- Wooden plaque removers