There are two main methods for removing the plaque on your teeth. Thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth removes plaque and exposes it to anti-bacterial ingredients. However, there are a few surfaces on your teeth than a typical brush and floss cannot reach. The second method is to visit your dental hygienist every six months for a professional cleaning. They have very specific instruments designed to clean every last bit of plaque and tartar left over. If you’re looking for a comprehensive routine as well as at-home methods, see our steps below.
- Brush your teeth even better: An electric toothbrush is one of the most effective ways to get rid of plaque. Be sure to brush for at least 2 minutes, twice a day, every day. Remember to replace the brush head of your electric toothbrush every 3 months.
- Don’t skip the floss: It’s easy for food to get stuck in your teeth, and if you don’t floss daily, bacteria can develop, and you’ve got plaque. Brushing alone can’t cover every space in your mouth. Speak to your dental hygienist regarding how to properly floss.
- Use an anti-plaque toothpaste. Anti-plaque fluoride toothpaste is a great way to up the ante in your fight against plaque.
- Rinse with a mouthwash that helps fight plaque. It helps kill bacteria and prevents plaque regrowth.
Tartar buildup on the other hand bonds strongly to enamel and must be removed by a dental professional, which is why it’s so important to be proactive and remove plaque before it becomes a problem. If you start seeing any signs of tartar buildup, be sure to see your dental professional.