How to Get Rid of the White Stuff on Teeth

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Getting rid of the white stuff on your teeth is something you can do by utilizing the proper tools in the right ways. Get rid of the white stuff on your teeth with help from a dentist and chief clinical director in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Cindy Roark, chief clinical director of Coast Dental. One of the most common questions patients have is what is this white stuff on my teeth. Usually they mean either one of two things. They either mean that soft white stuff on your teeth that you can scrape off with your fingernail which by the way is plaque or they mean they have actual white spots on their teeth. Everyone has plaque. When you eat or drink something, some of the particles get stuck around your tooth. If you don't remove them, the bacteria in your mouth will break down the particles into acids and those acids will eat away at the enamel and cause cavities. So how do you get rid of plaque? You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and here's a tip, a power toothbrush will always get rid of more plaque than a manual toothbrush. If you can't brush your teeth right after a meal, then drink some water to help wash away the food before it can harden into plaque. Because food particles get stuck between your teeth too, you need to floss every day. If you are only brushing your teeth and not flossing, then you're only cleaning about 60% of your teeth and guess what, that stuff that you miss will cause cavities between your teeth which are even harder to fix. Now, when somebody tells me they have white stuff on their teeth and they mean that they have actual white spots, that's more serious. That means the plaque has built up on the tooth and the acids produced by the bacteria in the plaque are attacking the tooth and causing mineral loss. We call that demineralization. In that case, the person needs to boost the amount of fluoride, calcium and phosphate in their teeth by using a product like MI Paste. And it's important to remember you need to visit the dentist at least twice a year to have plaque buildup professionally removed. No matter how good your home care is, only a dental professional can remove plaque from hard to reach areas. Thank you for watching. I'm Dr. Cindy Roark with Coast Dental.

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