As you probably know, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth. Similarly, you know that you should visit your dentist every six months. But do you know why doing these things are so important?

Honestly, there are several benefits to brushing your teeth, but removing plaque is a very important one. You see, after you eat, food particles are left behind, which allow plaque to grow. Plaque, a slimy, sticky substance that sticks to your teeth, can eventually lead to tooth decay. Sadly, if plaque isn’t cleaned from your smile, it could harden into tartar. This can be especially problematic because tartar can only be removed by a dentist. If plaque or tartar are left on your teeth, it could irritate your gums (leading to gum disease) or cause tooth decay.

If you’re worried about plaque, we have good news for you—plaque is actually fairly easy to keep up with and prevent. Really, the most important thing you can do is keep up your oral hygiene. However, there are also a few other things you can do.

Fortunately, plaque formations are fairly easy to prevent. For instance, you can prevent these problems by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily. Similarly, when you snack, try healthy foods such as carrots, apples, or celery. Similarly, you should visit our dentist, Dr. Powell, once every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup. Our team will remove any tartar from your teeth and let you know about areas you could be missing when you clean your teeth.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact West Jordan Dental Office. We’re happy to answer any question you could have.