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Caring for your smile includes making sure that it is always free of bacteria and plaque. Because plaque consists of debris and bacteria in your mouth that can collect over time, you will need to ensure you have effective oral hygiene routines and improved diet selections to minimize the risk of substances in your mouth that can contribute to plaque or be converted in acids by plaque that will slowly damage your teeth and gums.

Building your best smile includes making sure you are aware of all the risks associated with plaque buildup. Because you don’t need to continually keep your mouth clean and free of debris, you should establish an effective oral hygiene routine. Every day, you should be brushing twice a day and flossing once a day as well. Through a combination of brushing and flossing every day, you can dramatically improve your oral health care and lower your risk for plaque buildup and dental damage.

If plaque is allowed to continue, it can eventually harden into a material known as tartar. Tartar is extremely difficult to remove by brushing and flossing alone, and you often need to visit your dentist to have it adequately removed. Furthermore, plaque and tartar can increase your risk for gum disease, cavities, and several other problems that can cause severe dental damage, infections and eventual tooth loss. With effective oral hygiene care along with a healthy diet that has enamel-building minerals and features the avoidance of unhealthy substances that can cause dental erosion and eventual cavities, your smile be much better protected against the risk of plaque buildup.

Do you wish to learn more about plaque and its effect on your smile? If so, please call 314-351-6554 to schedule an appointment with Borgmeyer Dental at our dental office in St. Louis, Missouri, for your oral health care treatments. Drs. David and Augustine Borgmeyer and our expert team want to get you started on the road to a brighter, whiter smile!