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3 Simple Tips To Help Combat Plaque Build-Up

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Dr. Mal Braverman

Plaque build-up on your teeth can be very harmful, causing cavities and even having been linked to heart disease. While regular dentist appointments, appropriate dental care and a healthy diet are the best ways to ensure strong teeth, try these three tricks for helping to avoid plaque!

1. Use A Straw

If you are going to drink a sugary milkshake or soda, sip it through a straw. By using a straw, a lot of tooth surface is saved from the onslaught of acid and sugar.

2. Drink Tap Water

Your teeth need fluoride to help them stay strong and healthy. Bottled water is filtered, so all of the fluoride is removed and some of the benefits are lost for your teeth. While drinking any form of water is good for dental hygiene, making sure to get a good amount of fluoride, whether through tap water or special fluoride treatments is vital.

3. Chew Gum

Chewing Gum can be really helpful for your teeth. Gum helps increase salivation, which removes leftover food particles from inside your mouth. Make sure that your gum of choice for post meal chewing is sugar free and contains xylitol, which can help prevent cavities!

To learn more about plaque prevention, call Dr. Mal Braverman at 212-688-3838 today!

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