How to Get Rid of Dental Plaque Naturally
Did you know that there are some food habits that can help you get rid of dental plaque? Hint: raw fruits and vegetables are key!
Millions of people have dental plaque. That’s right, you’re not the only one who suffers from the build-up of food scraps on your teeth. The yellowish plaque first appears close to the gums, and then moves down rest of the tooth, becoming difficult to remove as part of your daily teeth cleaning routine.
In this article, we’ll tell you how to get rid of that pesky dental plaque the natural way – and leave you with a brilliant white smile!
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Getting Rid of Dental Plaque
When we eat large amounts of sugary, fatty or highly refined foods, we increase our chances of dental plaque build-up. Plus, when you add poor oral hygiene and habits like smoking or drinking coffee or alcohol to the mix, it’s sure to make the problem worse!
It’s not just an aesthetic problem; there are health implications, too: large amounts of dental plaque will cause inflammation of the gums, which can lead to gingivitis (bleeding gums) and tooth loss.
But the good news is that there are simple, natural ways to eliminate plaque. The most effective of them are:
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Among the options that should be a key part of any good oral hygiene routine are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
The first substance whitens teeth naturally, while the second helps remove harmful bacteria. Mixed together, they have the perfect properties to help you remove plaque and prevent the yellowing of your teeth.
- 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (5ml)
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda (10g)
- Place the baking soda in a suitable container and add the hydrogen peroxide.
- Mix well to get a paste.
- Put a small amount of the paste on your toothbrush and use as if it were your normal toothpaste, using circular motions and focusing on the upper areas closest to the gums.
- Repeat this process at least twice a week.
Getting rid of the plaque that builds up on your teeth can be as simple as eating a raw apple every day! Whenever possible, try to make sure that it is unpeeled and red, as green apples can be overly acidic. So, after every meal, choose a delicious, healthy apple as your dessert option!
Other options include strawberries and melon. Both fruits can remove dental build-up, clean your gums and help you prevent bleeding gums.
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Before learning how to make this homemade remedy, it’s important to bear in mind that using this method in excess can be counter-productive. This is because the acids contained in lemon juice can stain your teeth if they are not diluted.
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (20ml)
- 2 tablespoons of warm water (20ml)
- In a glass or cup, mix the lemon juice and warm water and stir well.
- Rinse your mouth with the resulting liquid for 1 minute.
- Do not drink, and make sure you don’t keep the mixture in your mouth for longer than the prescribed time.
- When finished, rinse your mouth with clean water.
- This treatment may sting slightly if you have any mouth ulcers or sores.
The Vitamin C that is abundant in citrus fruits isn’t just found in the flesh and juice – it’s also highly concentrated in the peel. That’s why it’s well worth taking advantage of the natural properties of the peel as often as we can.
Peel an orange and, after eating the fruit, rub the inside of the peel over your teeth, especially the area closest to the gums.
Afterward, don’t forget to rinse your mouth out with warm water, to make sure the acids don’t cause harmful erosion.
If you’re keen to achieve a mouth that’s free of plaque, make sure to eat foods that act as natural exfoliants. One of these is sesame seeds. Just chew a handful for a while, and then throw them away.
Afterward, brush your teeth in the usual way – it’s that easy to get a “polishing” effect thanks to sesame seeds!
Tips for Reducing Dental Plaque Build-up
Once you’ve managed to get rid of most of the plaque stuck to your teeth, you certainly won’t be keen for it to reappear.
So how can you prevent it from building up in the first place? Just take the following simple advice to heart:
Avoid certain foods
Sugar is public enemy number one when it comes to all kinds of oral hygiene. Eating sugar doesn’t just increase the risk of developing cavities, but it also leads to greater plaque build-up.
However, it’s not the only culprit out there: flour can be equally destructive. The starches it contains mix with saliva and creates a powerful acid that stains the enamel of your teeth.
Then, it begins to erode the teeth, leaving them more vulnerable to attack by harmful bacteria. That’s why you should avoid pastries and other foods containing refined flour and sugars as much as possible.
Consume calcium-rich foods and drinks
Dairy products like yogurt and cheese, almonds and spinach are the primary sources of this key nutrient. Consuming them on a daily basis will improve your dental health, and make your teeth more able to fight against plaque build-up.
Eat raw foods
As well as apples and strawberries, there are a number of vegetables that can help boost the health of your teeth, including carrots and celery. Eating either of them raw helps stimulate the production of saliva, and protects teeth from harmful bacteria.
Brush your teeth with care
Poor oral hygiene plays a big role in the appearance of dental plaque build-up. You should make it a point to brush your teeth at least twice a day (after you wake up and before you go to bed.)
It’s just as important to use dental floss to help get rid of the food residue that your toothbrush can’t reach. Using mouthwash can also be a great help with this.
Drink plenty of water
Liquids can help get rid of the food residue that hangs around between your teeth and close to your gums. It’s recommended that, after each meal, you drink a glass of water to help with this. This is great if you’re out at work and don’t have a toothbrush with you.
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