A: The best way to avoid 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 come see us for an extra cleaning appointment each year to reduce the buildup. Schedule an appointment for a thorough examination!