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Plaque is a white, sticky film that covers the surfaces of your teeth if you don’t clean them regularly. You wouldn’t think much of this substance because it seems harmless. However, it’s one of the most dangerous substances for your smile. In fact, it’s so dangerous that it can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

It’s best to remove the plaque from your smile on a regular basis. To help you do so, our Drew Hines, DMD dental team encourages you to do the following things:

-Brush: Brush your teeth twice a day—every morning and every night—for two minutes each time. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. The soft bristles will remove the plaque from your smile and will be gentle with your gums. It’s important to brush regularly so the plaque won’t have the chance to harden into tartar.

-Floss: Flossing is essential because it removes the plaque that resides between your teeth. Brushing usually can’t clean those hard-to-reach places, so it’s important not to forget to floss. As you floss, use an easy-to-use product, like waxed floss, and be careful as you clean near the gumline.

-Visit your dentist: Your regular dental cleaning and checkup with your dentist, Dr. Drew Hines, is the only treatment that can completely remove the plaque and tartar from your smile. So, it’s extremely important to receive this treatment every six months. This will help you prevent gum disease and even tooth decay.

Doing these things will help you keep your smile free from plaque in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you have any questions or if you think plaque has caused trouble with your teeth and gums, please call our office today at 704-366-3526 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Drew Hines. We are happy to help you in any way we possibly can!