Plaque is that yellow, stuck-on bacteria that accumulates and hardens on the tooth enamel and the gums, and can cause an unpleasant appearance on our teeth. In this article, we’ll show you the causes of plaque, as well as remedies on how to eliminate plaque naturally.
Causes of Plaque
- The main reason for plaque is due to a diet high in acidic foods, sugars, refined flour and harmful fats. Most people think that the primary cause is due to poor dental hygiene, but in reality it can be prevented by consuming sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables.
- Poor dental hygiene contributes to the appearance of plaque.
- Coffee, black tea, and tobacco
Why do we need to prevent plaque?
You should want to prevent or eliminate plaque not just for aesthetic purposes. If you don’t prevent or treat it, over the long-term the bacteria will cause inflammation in the gums, which could cause gingivitis.
Food and beneficial supplements
- The foods most recommended are raw fruits and vegetables, especially apples, and green leafy vegetables like spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce, arugula, etc.
- Sesame seeds, for their high calcium quantity.
- Stevia is a plant that is used as a natural sweetener and is very beneficial for the teeth.
- Salt water helps to remineralize and clean and strengthen the teeth.
- CoQ10 is recommended when the plaque is also causing gingivitis.
- White clay for oral use also helps our mouth’s pH balance.
Sunflower oil rinses are a method from India used to cure plaque. It helps clean the teeth, treat oral problems, and remove toxins from the exterior and interior of our mouth. This is especially recommended in cases of infections in the mouth, gum problems, dental plaque, gingivitis, loose teeth and stained teeth.
We just need cold pressed sunflower or sesame oil. Don’t forget to use these products only as a rinse to take full advantage of their antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Activated carbon is an excellent remedy to whiten and clean our teeth, as well as prevent oral infections. You can find it in herbal or natural foods stores, and brush it on the teeth for 2 minutes. Even though it is black in color, when you rinse your mouth you will see they are much cleaner.
It is important that it is vegetable-based, not from petroleum. Just like baking soda, it is abrasive so don’t use it in excess or too frequently. It is important to be cautious while using it, as over-use can cause damage to the tooth enamel. Use it in moderation.
Distilled water and baking soda
Distilled water is a natural bleach, and that’s why we use it just once a week, adding 3 drops onto our toothbrush.
Baking soda is another old remedy to clean teeth and prevent acid. You can use this on your tooth brush and brush softly, as not to damage the enamel, a maximum of 2 times per week.
Like we’ve said in this article, it’s also important to practice daily dental hygiene.
- Brush your teeth after eating, for at least 2 minutes.
- It is preferable to use natural and ecological toothpaste, since the conventional ones have agressive chemicals that can affect our mouth’s pH balance.
- Floss daily before bed, to rid the teeth of any leftover food.
- Use an oral rinse. If you want a natural rinse, an infusion of thyme and mint, or salt water, will work.
- If you have stuck-on plaque, visit your dentist for a cleaning, as allowing this to build up can cause damage to the enamel.