How to Scare Away Plaque on Teeth This Halloween

How to Scare Away Plaque on Teeth This Halloween

As we approach this time of the year, it can be very easy to fall into the habit of snacking on too many sugary treats. While it’s perfectly fine to celebrate Halloween, remember to do so in moderation, so it’s not too challenging to return to your normal, healthy diet and help to reduce plaque on teeth once the spooky season is over.

If you are interested in learning how to remove plaque from teeth after a season of treats, continue reading.

How to Spot Plaque On Teeth

Sugar is a key cause of tooth decay, so limiting your sugar intake is key to a healthier lifestyle. When reviewing your diet, consider where you can reduce food and drinks which contain free sugars. For example, chocolate, biscuits, sweets, cake, sugary breakfast cereals and spreads, dried fruit and fruit smoothies. Fruit smoothies may be unexpected, however when fruit and vegetables are blended or juiced, their sugars are released which can damage teeth.

When you consume sugary foods, the bacteria found in plaque can feed off the sugars. If plaque is left untreated it can damage your teeth’s surface and gums over time, which is why it is so essential to attend regular dental appointments.

How to Remove Plaque From Teeth

Creating a dental routine which you can carry out each morning and evening can help you to reduce the risk of plaque build-up on your teeth. As a general rule, you should be doing the following:

  • Floss before brushing your teeth to clear food debris and remove plaque forming along your gum line.
  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste every morning and evening.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth immediately after brushing, as it washes away the concentrated fluoride in the leftover toothpaste.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash after lunch, and avoid eating and drinking for 30 minutes after using it.

There are home remedies which people try to remove plaque on teeth, but carrying out a healthy daily dental care routine should be helpful enough. For more stubborn plaque, book an appointment with your dentist.

How Plaque Affects Brace Treatment

Fixed braces can easily trap food in-between the wires, which can increase the risk of plaque build-up. Therefore, it is important to take extra care when cleaning your teeth. However, to reduce the likelihood of too much food becoming trapped in your brace, we advise that you avoid chewy, crunchy, sticky or hard foods during your brace treatment. If you are unsure on how you should be carrying out brace care or effective cleaning, our orthodontists are always ready to answer your questions during appointments.

Booking an Orthodontic Appointment

If you are due an appointment with your orthodontist, don’t delay it. Routine check-ups monitor your treatment’s progress and allow your orthodontist to advise you on proper brace care. To book your next check-up, contact our team who will be happy to help.