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By Franklin Dental
October 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Plaque  

Plaque is a combination of harmful bacteria and food particles that forms around the teeth and gums due to poor dental hygiene. It is the cause of cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. It starts off as a sticky film and, if it’s not addressed, will eventually turn into a hard substance called tartar that’s difficult to remove. One of the main goals of your Franklin WI dentist is to prevent and remove plaque buildup before it can cause dental problems. Here are a few of the best ways to avoid plaque.

Avoid Sweet Foods
The bad bacteria in plaque feed on the sugars in the food that you eat, so one of the best strategies for avoiding plaque buildup is to reduce the sugary foods in your diet. Limit or eliminate your consumption of candy, cake, fast food and sugar-coated cereals. Even whole milk has a lot of sugar content, so consider substituting it with half and half in your coffee or tea. It's also important to avoid drinking beverages like soda, orange and apple juice, all of which are very high in sugar.

Floss More
Many patients are aware of the importance of brushing your teeth regularly, but not the importance of flossing. While brushing does a good job of removing sticky film from the visible surfaces of your smile, flossing does a better job of getting leftover food particles from between the teeth and gums. Since bad bacteria thrive off of the sugars in that leftover food, thoroughly flossing those particles away each night will help you avoid plaque buildup.

Regular Cleanings
Your Franklin WI dentist has the ability to more effectively and efficiently remove food and the beginnings of plaque from the crevices of your teeth. There are places in your mouth that you can’t see or reach with a toothbrush, or even floss. So if you really want to avoid plaque, schedule an appointment for a professional cleaning every six months. 

Is It Time for a Checkup?
If it's been awhile since your last dental checkup, call Franklin Dental at 414-425-7050 today to schedule an appointment. This popular Franklin WI dentist office wants to help you enjoy and stay committed to lifelong dental health.


Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)


He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.


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