Tips to Prevent plaque part 1 from your South Austin Family Dentist

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Plaque buildup is the first step towards other larger problems such as tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. In addition to practicing good dental habits, there are plenty of ways that you can greatly reduce the level of plaque buildup in your mouth. In this blog, we will look at a few of the ways you can do this, from dietary decisions to dental practices, and more!

Quitting Smoking

Sorry, smokers! We know that we’ve spent a fair amount of time in previous blogs talking about the negative effects that smoking can have on your teeth, but it’s the truth, and the detrimental health effects of smoking are always worth reiterating. Additionally, those who choose to smoke or chew tobacco aren’t doing themselves any favors in relation to plaque buildup, either. Simply put, smoking causes your mouth to be drier than usual. Having a mouth that is overly dry makes it easier for plaque to develop, as there is far less saliva in your mouth to cleanse your mouth of the bacteria that causes it. While quitting smoking or chewing tobacco is not always the easiest thing to do, you can do so knowing that you’ll be providing yourself with a wide variety of health benefits, among them relating to your overall oral health.

A great way to quit is to supplement chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes with another oral fixation. Sugar free gum is not only a great way to curb those cravings for tobacco, but it also comes with its own set of benefits (as we’ve mentioned in a previous blog). You’ll be doing yourself two favors at once!

Floss Regularly

We’ve talked about ways for you to practice good oral health, and while many people tend to brush and rinse multiple times every day, the one step that many people have a tendency to miss is flossing. Developing a habit of flossing regularly can certainly be a challenge, but the benefits that it provides you with are numerous – clearing up plaque being one of them. Brushing regularly helps you get plaque and bacteria off your teeth, but plaque builds up in the crevices between your teeth, spots that cannot be easily reached with a toothbrush or mouthwash. By flossing regularly, you will not only enjoy a mouth that is healthy and clean with lower levels of plaque, but you’ll have a far easier time at your next dental cleaning or checkup.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

In addition to all these other habits that we’ve discussed, one of the easiest ways for plaque to build up in your mouth is by not scheduling regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. You can practice the best oral hygiene at home by brushing regularly and otherwise, but no matter how diligent you are at practicing the best oral health techniques on your own, the final step in practicing good oral health involves regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. When you go in for a cleaning with your dentist, they are able to clean and polish the spots of your mouth that you are unable to reach in your daily dental routine. Regular dental checkups are the best way to make sure that your mouth is in the best shape it can be, and they can also help to prevent problems from arising and getting worse. .

Those are just a few things that you can do to help cut down on plaque buildup in your mouth. This is something that we will revisit again in another blog. As always, Blue Sky Family Dentistry is here to serve the greater Austin area with the best in comprehensive dentistry services. We understand how difficult it can be to try and multi-task when it comes to having a family, that’s why we are happy to accommodate the entire family at Blue Sky Family Dentistry. Instead of having different family members at different dentists’ offices, Blue Sky Family Dentistry is your Austin dentist’s office that will see Mom, Dad and the kids – all in the same visit! To find out more information about our comprehensive dental care office or to set up an appointment for your next checkup or cleaning, contact us today.