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There are many dental issues that can develop because of plaque, like tooth decay and gum disease, which is why it is so important to do your best to remove the plaque from your smile each day. There are many things you can do to properly and effectively remove the plaque, including:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: Oral hygiene will help you decrease the amount of plaque growth on your smile each day. All you need to do is brush twice a day and floss and rinse once. While you do these tasks, it’s important to use the right tools. So, please use a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash.

· Have a balanced diet: Sugar and carbohydrates tend to harm your teeth and aid in plaque growth. So, the best thing you can do is limit the consumption of these products.

· Visit your dentist: Dental cleanings are the only way to completely remove the plaque from your smile, which is why they are so vital. So, make sure you receive a dental cleaning every six months so our team can remove the plaque and nourish and clean your smile.

· Replace your toothbrush: Your smile will never be properly cleaned if you have a worn-down toothbrush. So, make sure you replace your old toothbrush with a new one every 3-4 months or when the bristles have frayed.

Dr. Alan J. White and our Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. team care for you and your smile, which is why we are happy to give you the tips you need to protect your pearly whites from plaque! If you have any questions or if you need to schedule your next dental cleaning, please call 540-886-1979 today. We are happy to help you prevent plaque growth in Staunton, Virginia, as much as possible!