After eating, it’s recommended that you brush your teeth.
This is because a colourless, sticky substance which eventually turns white, called plaque, starts to form on our teeth, without us even realising.
If plaque isn’t removed regularly, it hardens, turning into the dreaded tartar.
Luckily, it’s possible to get rid of dental plaque naturally at home. The key is to stop it before it becomes a problem.
Today, we’ll take a look at how.
The importance of good dental hygiene
When we talk about avoiding problems with oral health, keeping them clean is the most important thing, without a doubt.
Bacteria can’t survive for long in a clean mouth. Teeth that are cleaned correctly are less likely to suffer from infections and the spread of oral bacteria.
Natural remedies to get rid of dental plaque
There are a number of handy remedies that help to get rid of plaque naturally without even leaving your house.
1. Mountain wormwood infusion
You can find mountain wormwood in health food stores. This plant has many benefits for your mouth, as it has great antiseptic properties.
- Prepare the infusion by adding one tablespoon of wormwood to a mug of water.
- Use it to brush your teeth or to rinse your mouth frequently.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is your friend when it comes to oral hygiene, as it eliminates bacteria that causes dental plaque.
- You can rinse out your mouth with the vinegar straight, (remembering to then rinse it out with water).
- You can also mix the vinegar in equal parts with water to make a ‘mouthwash’ that can be used in the morning and before going to bed.
3. Walnut shell infusion
You can brush your teeth using this walnut shell infusion by dipping your toothbrush into it. Aim to brush your teeth gently for at least 3 minutes.
- Heat the walnut shell in a pan with water.
- Once it starts to boil, leave it to infuse for 5 minutes.
- Leave it to stand for another 15 minutes before using it.
4. Sunflower seeds
To control dental plaque, boil a handful of sunflower seeds with a handful of lime blossom with a mug of water.
- When it comes to the boil, wait for 3 minutes, take it off the heat and leave to stand.
- You can use it as many times as you like as a mouthwash, or when brushing.
5. Walnut bark
Walnut bark has two exceptional uses for your teeth: it’s a natural whitener and has antimicrobial properties.
As with the other remedies, prepare the infusion and try to use it regularly as an alternative to commercial mouthwashes.
6. Baking soda
This is recommended by dentists for its effective antiseptic properties.
- 1 glass of warm water (200 ml)
- 3 teaspoons of baking soda (15g)
- The juice of one lemon
- ½ teaspoon of salt (5g)
Mix the ingredients together well and take a swig and rinse for 1 minute every day after brushing.
7. Orange peel
Before brushing your teeth, rub orange peel on them.
- Orange peel is an ultimate source of vitamin C, which helps to naturally eliminate and prevent dental plaque.
- It also serves as a natural tooth whitener.
8. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is the best example of an oral antiseptic, but you only should use it under dentist supervision.
- Rinsing daily helps prevent dental plaque or eases and eliminates it.
9. Coconut oil and baking powder toothpaste
Make your own toothpaste to get rid of dental plaque naturally.
- All you need to do is mix together equal parts of baking powder and coconut oil.
- Then, put a small amount on your toothpaste and clean your teeth as always.
- You can make enough for a few days and keep it tightly sealed in a glass container.
10. Sesame seeds
You can use these in your daily teeth cleaning regime.
- Rub them on your teeth, and then use dental floss to get rid of any debris.
- To finish, brush as usual with your favourite toothpaste.
Steps for getting rid of dental plaque naturally
There are two key steps to this, both for an effective clean and to get rid of dental plaque:
1. Brushing correctly
The time spent brushing is key; you should take your time when it comes to cleaning your teeth.
- Choose a soft, round brush that doesn’t harm your gums.
- The toothpaste you use should contain fluoride, you should also floss and finish your routine with a good quality mouthwash.
- You should do this at least twice a day.
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2. Rinse frequently
Aim to rinse your mouth every time you finish eating. You don’t necessarily need to brush your teeth properly every time, but it’s important that any debris left after eating doesn’t stay between your teeth for a long time.
You can rinse with just water, with anti-plaque mouthwash or any of the ones we have recommended.
As you can see, it is possible to get rid of dental plaque naturally.
However, it is important to remember that prevention is also important to keep plaque away, so you should visit your dentist regularly (around every 6 months).