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If you have the desire to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, the best thing you can do is fight dental plaque. Plaque is a white, sticky film that covers your teeth and threatens your smile. It is very important to do your best to clean this substance off your chompers as much as possible. To help you do so, our Belmar Smiles team recommends doing the following things:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: Oral hygiene is the best way to remove the plaque from your smile in the comfort of your own home. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss and rinse once a day. Doing these things will help you keep your smile in tip-top shape. However, it’s also important that you have the proper tools to do so. So, please use a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash.

· Have a balanced diet: The best thing you can do for your smile when it comes to food is limit your sugar and carbohydrate intake. Do your best to eat fruits, veggies, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products.

· Visit your dentist: Did you know that dental cleanings are the only way to completely remove plaque from your smile? Well, it’s true, which is why dental cleanings are so important. So, please remember to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning.

· Replace your toothbrush: Toothbrushes tend to get worn out often, and when they’re worn out, they won’t properly clean your smile. So, it’s best to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months so you can clean your chompers with a strong and efficient tool daily.

If you have any questions about the provided tips or if you would like to learn more about plaque in Lakewood, Colorado, we are here to help you! All you need to do is call 303-935-3574 and talk to Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave or a member of our team. You can also schedule an appointment if you’re interested in further preventing plaque growth. We are happy to help you!