Removing plaque from your teeth is essential to maintain a healthy mouth. Dental plaque shows itself as a sticky film on your teeth, caused by bacteria build-up. When plaque hardens, it turns into tarter, also known as calculus. Tarter can cause periodontal disease, cavities and even tooth loss. Only a dentist is able to remove tarter from your teeth. To avoid a pricey dentist bill and to maintain healthy teeth, removing stubborn plaque from your teeth is required.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Dental floss
- Plaque disclosing tablets
Floss in between your teeth to get rid of any stuck, hard-to-reach food particles and plaque. Wrap a piece of floss around your index fingers. Gently slide it in between your teeth and move it back and forth -- up and down -- along the side edges of your teeth. Floss twice a day before brushing.
Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, at least twice a day; once in the morning and one time before bed. Brush the inside and outside surfaces of your upper and lower teeth. Avoid brushing roughly, because this may damage your tooth enamel. Brush your tongue, especially in the back where bacterial accumulates fast. Rinse your mouth with water
Chew on a plaque disclosing tablet. Allow the tablet to mix with your saliva and swish the mixture between your teeth for 30 seconds, before spitting it out. Look at your teeth in the mirror. Any plaque that you missed while brushing will be displayed as a red colour on your teeth. Brush away the red areas with fluoride toothpaste.
Tips and warnings
- Dental disclosing tablets can be purchased in the oral hygiene aisle of your local grocery or drugstore. It is also available as a rinse.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for checkups, or more frequently if advised to do so.
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