To give your child a clean, healthy smile, you may be interested in learning about tips for dental plaque removal at home.
Good teeth and mouth cleaning habits begin at home, so it’s important to learn what plaque is, why it’s dangerous, and ways to prevent and treat it at home.
Plaque is a sticky substance formed on the outside of teeth. It is a mixture of bacteria and food particles. When kids eat sugary foods and beverages, the sugar is broken down by bacteria and turned into acids.
Tartar is a hard substance that can form from plaque. The acids eat away at the hard, outer part of the teeth, causing holes called cavities.
If left untreated, plaque and tartar can cause all sorts of dental problems. In addition to cavities, they can lead to gingivitis, which is a gum disease caused by bacterial infection that makes the mouth red, swollen, and sore.
The first step in plaque removal is to teach your children how to properly brush and floss their teeth twice each day.
Here are some more tips to help remove plaque at home:
In addition to these at-home tips, kids should visit the dentist every six months. During that visit, a routine cleaning will make sure the plaque is professionally removed.
Kool Smiles is a network of dentists who provide high quality dental care to kids. We can teach your children dental plaque removal techniques to use at home, so they can keep healthy smiles year-round.
Call for an appointment today or find your local Kool Smiles office online.
Kids Health: http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/body/teeth_care.html
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