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Simple Tips to Limit Plaque Buildup

Some of us build up more plaque than others, even if we brush frequently and eat a balanced diet. Our bodies may metabolize things more quickly than others, making it where we battle heavy plaque accumulation on a daily basis. If this sounds like you, here are a few things to try to limit or manage your buildup more effectively:

Consider Flossing Alternatives

Cleaning between your teeth is one of the most important things you do every day, but a lot of people really dislike flossing. Experiment with different types of flossers, floss picks, or try a water flosser. See which method is easiest for you to work into your daily routine rather than not trying anything at all. Some methods like water flossing are even more efficient than traditional floss! 

Chew Xylitol Gum

Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar that acts differently than other types of sugars. It actually prevents plaque from being able to accumulate or building up on the surface of the teeth. Some popular brands of gum are sweetened with xylitol and say so on the front of the packaging (just be sure to check, since not all “sugar free” gums contain xylitol.) Chewing a piece between meals or after snacks can improve your breath and prevent buildup from forming across your smile. 

Drink Water Between Meals

What you drink can be adding to the plaque buildup that your mouth experiences during the day. Drinking coffee, tea, sodas or sports drinks between meals can contribute to the development of buildup on your teeth. Water is a natural lubricant that cleanses your mouth as you drink it and won’t add to your risk of cavities or plaque. Drink up!

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