How can plaque formation be prevented?

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, one of the two times for 2 minutes. Use a soft, rounded-tip bristled toothbrush, preferably electric. Pay particular attention to the space where the gums and teeth meet. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss between teeth at least once a day to remove food particles and bacteria.
  • See your dentist or oral hygienist at least every 6 months for a check-up and teeth cleaning.
  • Ask your dentist if a dental sealant is appropriate for you. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to protect them from cavities and decay.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit the number of between-meal snacks. If you need a snack, choose nutritious foods such as plain yogurt, cheese, fruit, or raw vegetables. Vegetables, such as celery, help remove food and help saliva neutralize plaque-causing acids.

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