I’m a teenager and I can’t seem to get rid of the plaque on my teeth. I wore braces and my teeth are perfectly straight now but there seems to be more plaque than normal, even though I brush my teeth twice a day. 

The best and easiest way to remove the plaque on your teeth is to practice good oral hygiene habits. There are three golden rules that I suggest you follow:

1. Spend two full minutes brushing your teeth thoroughly, at least twice daily.

2. Floss your teeth daily. This is important because it removes plaque from hard-to-reach areas between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t get to.

3. Make an appointment with a dentist or hygienist to get your teeth cleaned professionally. This needs to be done at least twice a year.

To check if you have removed all the plaque from your teeth, you can chew on plaque-disclosing tablets (available in pharmacies) after brushing your teeth. Areas that you have missed while brushing and where plaque still exists will be stained red, alerting you to clean your teeth again to get rid of the plaque.