Plaque is inevitable and as it happens, plaque can ruin your beautiful smile and leave your mouth a breeding ground for bacteria. No matter how much you take care of your teeth, you will most likely get plaque or tartar, or even both.
To simplify things, plaque is just a huge amount of slimy bacteria grouped together. This bacteria builds up on your teeth, gums, dental fillings, dentures, tongue and crowns.
And tartar is basically hardened plaque. Something like this happens when multiple layers of plaque combine with minerals that are present in your saliva. This bacteria can also produce toxins that can cause many periodontal problems.
A number of factors can contribute to plaque buildup, such as improper oral hygiene, poor brushing technique, poor food choices, heredity and lack of professional care. And once the tartar has mineralized on your teeth, it can be difficult to remove.
Brushing and flossing can help keep plaque down, but there are some natural remedies that can help, too. Home remedies and methods that have proved very effective. But you need to remember, maintaining proper dental hygiene is key to preventing plaque and tartar buildup.
Things you need:
- Dental pick
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Antiseptic mouth wash
#1. Mix 1/2 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a small container. Wet the toothbrush with some water and dip it into the mix. Brush your teeth for a about 5 minutes and spit it out.
#2. Mix some warm water and hydrogen peroxide. Swish it around in your mouth, spit it out, and rinse with cold water.
#3. Remove the yellow tartar from the teeth with a dental pick. Make sure you don’t scrape too hard as you may damage the gums.
#4. Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash.
Oral hygiene tips:
- Use a soft toothbrush and brush your teeth regularly with vertical movements. Always pay attention to the space between your gums and teeth.
- Try rubbing your teeth with an orange peel before going to bed. This will kill the bacteria in your mouth that stick on the teeth. Don’t rinse.
- Floss regularly – it’s very important.
- Spicy food stimulates the production of saliva which cleanses your mouth naturally.
Additional remedies to remove plaque and tartar!
1. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is a great way to remove plaque from teeth. You can use extra-virgin coconut oil because it is high in lauric acid, acid that has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
All you need is 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 15 minutes, and then spit it out. Do not swallow it. After that, brush your teeth as usual. You can repeat this method daily, but only in the morning before breakfast.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, can be a great home remedy for removing plaque. Baking soda neutralizes acids in the mouth by reducing the amount of harmful bacteria, and whitening your teeth in the process.
Put a small amount of baking soda on the tip of your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth. Once you are done, rinse your mouth and teeth thoroughly with lukewarm water.
A second method with baking soda, simply mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Brush your teeth and gums, then spit it out and rinse your mouth thoroughly.
Remember to not use baking soda in excess. To much baking soda may damage the tooth enamel over time.
3. Guava Both
If you are looking for excellent antiplaque agents to help remove plaque accumulated on the teeth and gums, look no further than guava fruit and guava leaves.
Chew some guava leaves thoroughly, then spit them out. Just make sure to wash them first. If you do this daily, you can reduce the risk of plaque formation on the teeth. Or simply take a piece of unripe guava, sprinkle some salt on it and chew it slowly.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is an effective natural remedy when dealing with gum disease caused by plaque and tartar. Because Aloe vera is an antimicrobial, it can kill the bacteria that cause plaque buildup. And not only that, it fights against bad breath.
Slice an Aloe vera leaf and extract the pulp. Rub the pulp directly on your teeth and gum line and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse your teeth with cold water.