Have you ever noticed that your teeth look sparkling and white after a dental cleaning, but they look more dull and yellow over time? That yellowish color comes from plaque, a substance made out of harmful bacteria. Plaque accumulates above and below your gum line on your teeth and if it’s not removed, it can damage your teeth and gums.
Accumulation of food water on the teeth can cause dental plaque. It can cause bad breath and it can be a starting point for some other risky conditions. Although there isn’t a definitive solution that can guarantee to prevent the development of plaque, you can try doing some preventive procedures at home.
It is difficult to see dental plaque unless it is stained. You can stain plaque by chewing red “disclosing tablets,” found in grocery stores and drug stores, or by using a cotton swab to smear green food coloring on your teeth. The red or green color left on your teeth will show you where the plaque still exists — and where you need to brush to remove it again.
Plaque buildup can have severe health consequences. By feeding on the sugars in the foods you eat, the bacteria in plaque can create acid which can seriously damage your teeth and cause cavities. This bacteria can also aggravate your gums, leading to gum disease.
The best and ideal way to prevent plaque from forming in the first place, is to stick to good dental habits. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is the easiest way to remove plaque. You should use a soft toothbrush that you replace when the bristles start to fray. You might also consider using an electric toothbrush, which may be more effective than a traditional toothbrush in removing plaque. Unfortunately, after being brushed away, plaque accumulates quickly again. Some experts recommend other treatments at home to remove plaque buildup.
It is recommended to visit the dentist every 6 months for a procedure that’s called deep prophylaxis. It doesn’t cost much but, most people still can go at least a yer without visiting the dentist’s office. In case you don’t have the time or you simply don’t want to go do the dentist as often as you should, then here’s a remedy that can help you remove plaque without the help of a professional.
Home remedy 1
- 60 grams of flour nutshell.
- 1/2 liter of water.
Add the water and the flour nutshell in an aluminum container and boil it for 10 to 15 minutes on low heat. You’ll get a mixture that’s similar to toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this mixture for several minutes, twice a month.
Home remedy 2
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice.
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seed.
- 1/2 liter of water.
Put the ingredients into an aluminum container and let them simmer over low heat for an hour. Brush your teeth for 10 minutes, twice a month. This way you won’t be susceptible to plaque or tartar.
Swishing oil in your mouth — usually coconut or olive oil — can strengthen your teeth, prevent tooth decay, soothe sore gums, and remove plaque. You swing around a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil in your mouth for 20 to 30 minutes to perform an “oil pull” (much longer than you would swing around typical mouthwash). It is believed that coconut oil is particularly beneficial because it contains fatty acids such as lauric acid, a substance with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
Researchers found that more plaque was removed by people who brushed their teeth with toothpaste containing baking soda and had less plaque growing back over 24 hours than by people who brushed their teeth with toothpaste without baking soda. Baking soda is a natural cleanser and an abrasive, which is why it’s extremely effective at removing plaque.
It’s common for people to take very seriously their brushing, but then totally disregard the need for floss. Both are necessary for a high quality and proper dental care routine. While brushing is great to get tooth enamel on the surface, the corners accumulate a lot of debris and dirt. And with a regular brush, you simply can’t reach those places.
- Maintain a good dental hygiene daily.
- Try brushing your teeth after every meal.
- You can use natural toothpaste that isn’t too aggressive on the teeth.
- Always use a mouthwash. In case you don’t want to, then you can try oil pulling.