Plaque, Tooth Decay, and Your Oral Health

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You probably know that tooth decay can lead to a number of issues. Similarly, you may know that if you let plaque build up there are a few things you’ll need to do to keep your teeth clean. However, did you know that plaque and tooth decay together can form cavities? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to avoid these issues and to keep your mouth healthy and strong.

You see, there is nothing you can do to prevent plaque, but, if you don’t remove it, you could ultimately have to cope with tooth decay. This can be extremely problematic because tooth decay may damage your enamel, which won’t grow back once it’s gone. This can leave your teeth even more susceptible to future tooth decay.

Luckily, it isn’t difficult to remove plaque. Really, all you really need to do is brush for two minutes at a time, floss at least once a day, and remember to visit our team once every six months. During these routine visits, we’ll inspect the health of your mouth for signs of tartar. Luckily, there are a few other things you can do, such as chew on crisp fruits and vegetables. Doing so will promote saliva flow, which will carry plaque and bacteria away.

Again, while you can’t prevent plaque from growing, there are other issues that can promote its growth—and a few drinks that can help you avoid the problem. For example, milk is good for your teeth because it keeps your acidity level low, which slows plaque growth. Drinking water will also help the health of your mouth because it washes bacteria away.

If you have any questions or concerns about preventing tooth decay or plaque, please don’t hesitate to contact Barton Oaks Dental Group at 512-327-6947. Our dentists and our team are happy to offer you personalized advice. We look forward to hearing from you soon!