It looks like you have established a good home-care routine. Unfortunately, our diets don't play a role in our plaque production. You can try using an electric toothbrush, Sonicare or Oral-B would be good choices. Your dental hygienist can also go over your home-care with you to ensure you are brushing and flossing properly. Thanks for your question!
Dr. Maxwell Johnson
They produce saliva that is bathing your teeth constantly adding to their cleans ability. The saliva is also contaning minerals like calcium that can turn soft plaque into hard deposits that need to be mechanically removed by dentist.
The sticky food would add to adherence of plaque to teeth as well as "dry mouth" if you are a mouth breather during sleep, or as a side effect of medications you are possibly taking. As always my suggestions would be to brush and floss, and watch the timing when you do that.
The best way to reduce plaque is to brush and floss properly after every meal. I would recommend that your dentist or hygienist spend some time with you demonstrating good home techniques. Depending on your visit, they may be able to recommend aides like a Waterpik or Rotadent that will help you.
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The only way to effectively keep dental plaque at bay is by brushing and flossing between meals, or at least twice a day. Because plaque formation is a normal byproduct of eating, plaque buildup is common. Plaque that isn’t removed by brushing and flossing eventually hardens into tarter. If it’s not removed by a professional, tarter typically leads to gum disease. Rinsing your mouth out with water after eating -- especially if it’s fluoridated -- can help reduce plaque acids before you brush. Chewing sugarless gum is also beneficial, as it stimulates the flow of saliva. Opt for products made with xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener that helps prevent plaque.
Some medications cause dry mouth which increases plaque buildup.
I suggest a sonicare brush used on the "gum care" setting.
This mechanically removes more plaque. Many people do not floss properly.
Make sure your dentist shows you how. There is also an air flosser ( by sonicare)
that is more user friendly o remove debris from between the teeth.
Continue your fluoride rinses.
You may need dental cleanings mor often. Ask your dentist.
Hope this helps you with your problem
Foods with fiber such as vegetables and fruits help with saliva flowing. Calcium in dairy products and cheese help to remineralize teeth that might have lost due to acids. Green and black teas contain polyphenols that can interact with plaque bacteria from growing or producing acids that destroys teeth. Chewing sugarless gums increases saliva production and removes food particles from your mouth.
In terms of diet, sugars, of course, will contribute to some additional build up, but other foods that can contribute to the plaque are simple carbs =E2=80=94 crackers, highly processed breads and pastas, cookies, granola bars. These break down to sugars quickly. Get more produce in the diet and if you are going to eat these simple carbs, eat along with fruits and veggies as this will help to cleanse those foods and keep them from sticking.
I hope this helps!
Americam Dental Association recomendation of 6month recalls with your
dentist. Your dentist or Hygienist will clear the plaque and prevent its
calcification into calculus which leads to Gum disease.
People.with aggressive plaque buildup up usually have a higher mineral
levels in their saliva combined with high mineral intake in diets in
addition to foods That lead to staining ie coffee and tea drinkers.
to your routine will dramatically reduce the amount of plaque and calculus
that accumulates on your teeth between visits. Make sure to brush each of
the 4 areas: upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left for the full
30 seconds each with a total brushing time of 2 minutes. Do not scrub,
think of it more like sweeping. Let the Sonicare do the work and guide it
to all the surfaces of the teeth and gum line. Two fingers worth of
pressure is all the pressure you should put on your toothbrush. With the
Waterpik sweep the gum/tooth junction and pause and hold to irrigate
between each flossing point. -Dr. Bishop
Darryl Burke DDS
If he finds no plaque, then you should brush more often.
I might suggest that you start to use a toothpaste that contains an anti microbial agent such as triclosan. This will help to reduce the bacterial load.
You could also try to reduce the amount of proline rich foods you consume. These include jelly, meats and peanuts. Proline rich proteins facilitate the adhesion of plaque bacteria to the dental pellicle.
2. Anything that has sugar will feed the bacteria that are part of plaque. If you are brushing twice a day and flossing once a day and you still have a good amount of plaque, you are not being very effective. However, many people confuse "plaque", "calculus", "tartar". Calculus and tartar are the same thing - "calcified plaque" - a hard deposit on the teeth that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing, but can be prevented by effective brushing and flossing. Plaque is mostly a soft bacterial accumulation that can be removed with effective brushing and flossing. Calculus is removed by the dental hygienist to help prevent gum disease.
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It is good that you already avoid sugary foods when possible. As a general recommendation, it's best to limit the length of time sweets and carbohydrates (that turn to sugar) are in contact with your teeth. Sticky foods are worst because they will take longer to dissolve or clear from your teeth and gums.
Thanks for your question!
It sounds as if you are taking all the right steps towards a clean mouth. Some people have a tendency to create plaque and tartar faster than others. Many things can contribute such as dry mouth, mouth breathing, and some medications. Also, many foods have hidden sugars such as yogurt, wine, sauces, fruit juices, breads and cereals. Try to make sure you are well hydrated with water. If you find the plaque is still developing, dental cleanings every 4 months would help. Make sure to use an alcohol-free mouthwash as the alcohol kills bacteria initially, but will dry the mouth more. Also, use a tongue scraper to remove more bacteria from the mouth.
Michael M. Blicher, D.D.S.
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