Plaque is a sticky substance on the teeth. Within a short time, plaque hardens on the teeth and forms tartar. Plaque and tartar contribute to diseases of the teeth and gums. If the tartar is not removed on a regular basis, a person could develop gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal (gum) disease, reports the American Dental Association. The best way to get rid of plaque is a cleaning by a dental hygienist. Regular brushing and flossing can reduce a lot of the tartar build-up.
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Things you need
- Tartar-control toothpaste
- Dental floss or dental tape
- Anti-plaque mouthwash
Choose a tartar-control toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association, or ADA. The ADA seal of approval is clearly displayed on the packaging of the toothpaste and on the tube itself.
Brush your teeth twice a day for two to four minutes. Brush in a circular motion on all surfaces of the teeth -- front, back and top. Brush your tongue as well. This helps to get rid of bacteria there.
Clean between each tooth with dental floss or dental tape. The floss helps to remove tartar build-up between teeth.
Clean your mouth with a mouthwash approved by the ADA. Its seal of approval is clearly displayed on the front label of the bottle. Many mouthwashes on the market today help to remove plaque. Sip the mouthwash, hold it in your mouth and swish it around for at least 20 seconds. The right mouthwash can kill germs and remove plaque.
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