A: The best way to avoid the buildup of plaque is to brush twice daily and floss before bed. Be thorough. We recommend brushing for two minutes and flossing up to the gums. We also recommend giving your tongue a good brush, as plaque can build up there! Eating fruits and vegetables like apples and celery, with bristle-like textures, can also help to keep your teeth and gums clean. Avoid consuming too much sugar, and be sure to visit your dentist (us!) regularly! If needed, we may recommend you see us for an extra cleaning appointment each year to reduce the buildup. Schedule an appointment for a thorough examination at one of our St. Vital Centre or Garden City Shopping Centre locations.