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As you probably know, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth. Similarly, you know that you should visit your dentist every six months. But do you know why doing these things are so important?

Honestly, there are several benefits to brushing your teeth, but removing plaque is a very important one. You see, after you eat, food particles are left behind, which allow plaque to grow. Plaque, a slimy, sticky substance that sticks to your teeth, can eventually lead to tooth decay. Sadly, if plaque isn’t cleaned from your smile, it could harden into tartar. This can be especially problematic because tartar can only be removed by a dentist. If plaque or tartar are left on your teeth, it could irritate your gums (leading to gum disease) or cause tooth decay.

Fortunately, plaque formations are fairly easy to prevent. For instance, you can prevent these problems by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily. Similarly, when you snack, try healthy foods such as carrots, apples, or celery. Similarly, you should visit our dentist, Dr. Jon C. Packman, once every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup. Our team will remove any tartar from your teeth and let you know about areas you could be missing when you clean your teeth.

Would you like to learn more about what you can do to stop plaque from forming? Do you ever wonder what you can do to keep your smile safe? If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with our team  please don’t hesitate to contact us at 704.873.2211. We look forward to meeting you.