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You probably know that tooth decay can lead to a number of issues. Similarly, you may know that if you let plaque build up there are a few things you’ll need to do to keep your teeth clean. However, did you know that plaque and tooth decay together can form cavities? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to avoid these issues and to keep your mouth healthy and strong.

Sadly, while there are a number of things you can do to prevent plaque buildup, there isn’t anything you can do to stop plaque from growing entirely. Please don’t misunderstand, there are a number of things you can do to prevent plaque from building up. Naturally, you should take care to prevent plaque buildup or the protective layer of your teeth could be damaged.

Fortunately, removing plaque is fairly simple. In fact, if you brush twice a day for two minutes at a time and floss every day, you’ll probably be doing all you need to. Still, there are a few other things you may consider doing. For instance, if you chew on crisp fruits and vegetables—such as apples, carrots, or celery—you’ll promote saliva flow. This is important because saliva will help control bacteria, which can promote plaque growth.

Again, while you can’t prevent plaque from growing, there are other issues that can promote its growth—and a few drinks that can help you avoid the problem. For example, milk is good for your teeth because it keeps your acidity level low, which slows plaque growth. Drinking water will also help the health of your mouth because it washes bacteria away.

If you have any questions or concerns about preventing tooth decay or plaque, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 605-225-2050. Our dentist, Dr. Joe Rigg, and our team are happy to offer you personalized advice. We look forward to hearing from you soon!