13 Apr

London Dentist Speaks Out on Treating Tartar and Plaque Problems

Dental plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth and oral soft tissues. Your London Dental Clinic can help you to learn to properly take care of your teeth and gums. If dental plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth for more than 48 hours, it will harden and become more difficult to remove. After twelve days, it becomes very hard, and is then called tartar. Your London dentist agrees that proper oral hygiene is required to properly remove dental plaque and to prevent plaque from becoming tartar. The best treatment for plaque and tartar build-up is prevention. It is very important to brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes each time, to floss your teeth, and to also brush your tongue. Tartar tends to build-up more on your back teeth, so it is important that these teeth are brushed and flossed satisfactorily. For the hard to reach smaller places of your mouth, use a brush with a small head. Make sure to brush your teeth before bedtime. This is the time when plaque may build-up on your teeth, due to the lack of saliva flow at this time. Be certain to change your toothbrush every three months, as the bristles begin to splay and tear. Your London Dental Clinic dentist and dental hygienist will teach you how to properly brush your teeth. If they see some problem areas, special advice may be given for these areas of the mouth. You are also advised to avoid carbonated beverages, especially sugary ones, and sweet foods and snacks. The best types of foods to eat are unsweetened and high fibre foods.