How to Control Plaque


Plaque is a soft sticky, almost colorless bacterial film that forms continuously on your teeth. It is the bacteria in plaque that cause the damage. Bacteria produces toxins and enzymes that irritate the gums . The best way to control plaque buildup is with good oral hygiene and regular visits to Dr. Kantarovich.

There are several effective ways to remove plaque. Daily brushing and flossing form the backbone of a plaque-control program.


Brush your teeth at least twice a day. This removes plaque on the surfaces of the teeth. Hold a soft brush against the gum line at a 45 degree angle. Vibrate the brush back and forth, in place for several seconds. Move on to the next group of teeth and repeat.


Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can't reach.... between the teeth and under the gum line. Take about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around one of your middle fingers and the rest around the middle finger of your other hand, leaving a 2 inch length between them. Using your thumbs and forefingers, gently slide the floss between teeth, circling it around each tooth and between the tooth and gum. Move on to the next tooth advancing the floss.


For extra protection, rinse for 30 seconds twice a day. This will help kill the bacteria above the gum line. Remember to eat a well balanced diet and visit our office twice a year for cleanings and exams. This simple routine will prove to be the best measure of protection against plaque build up.