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Building a better oral health care repertoire includes making sure you reduce the plaque in your mouth. Plaque consists of a thin layer of bacteria and debris that forms on your teeth and gums. It forms on everyone’s teeth, and it is important to make sure you always clean your mouth effectively on a daily basis, and visit your dentist for routine examinations and bi-annual professional cleanings.

You should brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day. Both of these cleaning methods are highly effective for eliminating plaque buildup in your mouth. You can also use mouthwash and sugarless gum to help fight plaque. If plaque is left untreated, it will turn into tartar a hardened form of plaque which must be removed at the dentist office.

Saliva consists of ingredients in your mouth that wash away debris, neutralize harmful acids. This is extremely important because those acids are created by the interaction of plaque and the sugars and starches in your meals. To help produce additional saliva in your mouth, eat crunchy foods with a high water content or chew sugarless gum after meals. With proper oral health care routines you can effectively treat plaque.

Do you need help treating plaque buildup? Peter Lo Destro DDS PC can help. For more information about the oral health care procedures at our office, call 630-553-3222 to reach Dr. Peter Lo Destro and our team at our office in Yorkville, Illinois.