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As you probably know, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth. Similarly, you know that you should visit your dentist every six months. But do you know why doing these things are so important?

Honestly, there are several benefits to brushing your teeth, but removing plaque is a very important one. You see, after you eat, food particles are left behind, which allow plaque to grow. Plaque, a slimy, sticky substance that sticks to your teeth, can eventually lead to tooth decay. Sadly, if plaque isn’t cleaned from your smile, it could harden into tartar. This can be especially problematic because tartar can only be removed by a dentist. If plaque or tartar are left on your teeth, it could irritate your gums (leading to gum disease) or cause tooth decay.

Luckily, preventing plaque buildup and tartar isn’t overly difficult. In fact, all you really need to do to stop plaque is brush and floss your teeth. We recommend brushing twice a day every day for two minutes at a time. However, please don’t brush too hard or too long—doing either of these could damage your smile. Similarly, when you snack, try healthy foods such as carrots, apples, or celery. Similarly, you should visit our dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup. Our team will remove any tartar from your teeth and let you know about areas you could be missing when you clean your teeth.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Holmes Dental at 970-221-2499 soon. We’re excited to hear from you soon.