How to Easily Eliminate Dental Plaque at Home
Dental plaque is a smooth and sticky film formed by bacteria, which continues to grow until finally it becomes fixed on the teeth. The bacteria that forms plaque can cause cavities and gum disease when it is not removed daily through good brushing and flossing. This problem causes bad breath and can lead to more serious conditions, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.
The plaque makes use of the sugars that we ingest when eating to produce acids that can cause corrosion of the tooth enamel. If this is not controlled in time, the tooth enamel can decompose and this can cause a cavity in the tooth, for which, in addition to looking bad, it can also cause bad breath.
Dental plaque is very difficult to see, since it has no color it can be confused with other matter on the tooth. However, once it has accumulated it is possible to easily see it, as a white thick food deposit stuck between the teeth. The plaque continues to grow daily and leads to many other mouth problems. For this reason you must have good, daily hygiene habits and stop its growth using a variety of homemade remedies.
Tips to prevent and treat dental plaque
To prevent and treat dental plaque it is very important to have good habits of oral hygiene that will facilitate the removal of the bacterium that cause this problem.
Brushing your teeth is one of the best ways to eliminate the bacterium that cause dental plaque. However, many people do not brush correctly and this reduces its effectiveness in fighting off the bacterium. To begin, you should select a toothbrush with round and soft bristles to protect the gum tissue. Choose a toothpaste with fluoride, one that carries the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval.
When brushing, hold the toothbrush like a pencil and move it in small circles over one or two teeth at a time.
Use dental floss
Many people still have not made daily flossing a part of the their regular mouth hygiene, without knowing that this is indispensable to eliminate the greatest number of bacterium possible. And just like brushing, it is very important to use floss correctly in order to receive the benefits. Take about 45 cm (18 inches) of dental floss, wrap each end around your fingers for a distance of about 2.5 cm (1 inch) between it and then begin to gently move the floss between your teeth down on the upper teeth and upward on the bottom teeth.
Rinse between meals
After eating it is very important to rinse your mouth out, because in this way much of the remaining food particles left in the mouth will be removed from between the teeth. To do this you can use a commercial mouthwash or prepare a homemade one with a 50/50 mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide (with a low concentration: 0.2% – 0.8%).
Homemade remedies to remove dental plaque
If the dental plaque is already affecting your oral health, these homemade remedies are a wonderful alternative to fight it.
Recipe No. 1
To prepare this remedy you need 15 grams (0.5 ounce) of nut shells and a little water. Place the nut shells in the water and let it boil for about 15 minutes. Afterward, let it sit and then submerge your toothbrush in the mixture. Softly brush your teeth with this remedy for 3 minutes and repeat the treatment three times a day.
Recipe No. 2
This recipe combines the properties of sunflower seeds with lime blossoms to improve your dental health. To prepare it, you must cook over a medium flame 2 teaspoons of sunflower seeks with 2 teaspoons of lime blossoms in ½ liter (17-1/2 ounces). Let it cook over a low flame for 30 minutes and afterward, brush your teeth with the mixture, after each meal.
Recipe No. 3
Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful help to fight the bacterium that cause dental plaque. One option is to wash your mouth with apple cider vinegar and then rinse immediately with water. Another option is to prepare a 50/50 mixture of water and apple cider vinegar, which you can then use as a mouthwash.
Recipe No. 4
This last remedy consists of preparing a mixture of 1 and a half tablespoons of mountain wormwood leaves with 2 tablespoons of fermented wine. Let the mixture sit for about 2 hours, then strain it and use the liquid to brush your teeth.