A checkup with a dentist every six months is important, but it isn’t enough to keep your child’s teeth healthy. That’s where you come in! To keep your child’s smile in tip-top shape, it’s essential you encourage healthy habits at home.
Here’s what you need to know about fighting plaque between dentist visits:
Plaque is a soft, sticky film that’s packed full of bacteria. Over time, the bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease by converting sugar into harmful acid.
Tartar, or dental calculus, is plaque that’s had time to calcify. Like soft plaque, tartar can destroy enamel and cause gum disease.
Plaque and tartar attack tooth enamel, and the longer the attack lasts, the weaker enamel becomes. If left untreated, plaque and tartar can cause serious damage to the teeth and gums, which can lead to cavities to gingivitis.
Technique, frequency, and consistency. When it comes to brushing and flossing, you need all three. Keeping up with healthy brushing and flossing habits is the most effective way to keep plaque under control between dentist visits.
Here are some tips for removing plaque at home:
Don’t forget the tongue, roof, and sides of the mouth!
Routine cleanings by a dentist every six months will help remove any remaining plaque, so find a Kool Smiles partner dentist for your appointment today!