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What is dental plaque and how can I get rid of it?

Posted on 4/11/2022 by Ankur Johri
What is dental plaque and how can I get rid of it?Maintaining oral hygiene is one of the best ways dentists recommend to prevent common dental problems such as tooth decay and cavities. When you ensure a high level of dental hygiene, you will be able to avoid more complex oral conditions that will require costly treatment procedures. One of the best ways to care for your teeth is to prevent the build-up of plaque, which has been known to be the major cause of tooth decay and cavities.

Dental plaque is a slimy coat that comprises bacteria and starch left in your mouth. If the plaque build-up continues, it will harden to form tartar which will cause major tooth problems. There are several ways that you can get rid of dental plaque, and our dentists recommend this to all their patients when they come for regular dental appointments.


Daily flossing is an effective way of getting rid of dental plaque from the surface of your tooth. Flossing is effective because it can also remove food particles from between your teeth, where it can be problematic for your toothbrush to reach. The process also cleans your gum tissues, leaving your teeth and gums free of bacteria and starch particles.

Brushing teeth

Plaque forms and accumulates on the surface of your tooth. Therefore, brushing your teeth twice daily, and after taking meals will ensure that you prevent the accumulation of plaque on the surface of your teeth.

Dental Cleaning

This is a procedure performed at the dentist's office, utilizing modern techniques to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. You can visit for a dental cleaning to have proper dental health, and prevent decays and cavities.
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