Plaque is definitely not something you want to have in your mouth. It is the underlying causes of very many teeth and gum problems. But, unfortunately, none of us will manage to prevent it from forming, because we eat and drink daily, creating suitable conditions for plaque to develop on our teeth. What is plaque? Plaque is actually a very thin layer formed out of bacteria. It is typically found on teeth, but the bacteria accumulation can be found on gums and tongue as well. At the beginning, plaque won’t be too noticeable, but in time, it will start causing trouble. The longer the plaque stays, the more problems you risk having, like cavities, gum issues, and tooth decay. You can ask your dentist you remove the plaque, but there are other things you can do on your own to get rid of this layer of bacteria.
- Use baking soda as a natural scrub
Your toothpaste and toothbrush won’t do too much when it comes to plaque. You need something that is a bit more abrasive to scrape off the thin layer of bacteria. Prepare a mixture out of one tablespoon of baking soda and half of teaspoon of salt, and dip the wet toothbrush into it. Then just scrub the mixture on your teeth for a few minutes, to remove the plaque. Still, do remember not to use this for more than one week every month, because it is quite abrasive and may affect your teeth enamel. Also, if you experience unwanted side-effects, like the swelling of your gums, stop using it.
- Combine baking soda with virgin coconut oil
You can prepare natural toothpaste out of two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil and two tablespoons of baking soda. For an extra taste, you can add a few drops of essential peppermint oil. The alkaline environment created by this toothpaste will help you remove the bacteria that were formed inside your mouth.
- Snack on apples and melon on a daily manner
Some fruits, like apples and melon, can help you remove the food leftovers that remain in between your teeth after you eat, being the main culprits behind the producing of plaque. A few slices of these fruits and other veggies as well, like carrots, celery sticks, or peppers, will keep your teeth clean in between meals and will promote the health of your gums by stimulating an adequate blood flow.
- Maintain an excellent oral hygiene
Keeping your mouth as clean as possible will keep bacteria from damaging your teeth and gums and will reduce the visits to the dentist’s office. To start with, be careful what kind of toothpaste you use, because there are various types out on the market. The toothpastes that contain fluoride as the best for fighting against plaque, while also helping you teeth’s enamel to remain strong. Also, if you see toothpastes that are made for tartar control, those would also be a good option. Make sure you floss your teeth, twice a day, because plaque so starts by accumulating in between the teeth, because those spaces are not accessible for your toothbrush. But this doesn’t mean that teeth brushing should be ignored. Brushing your teeth with exactness in a daily manner is the first thing to do to prevent plaque from affecting your teeth. It is worth mentioning that electric toothbrushes are more efficient than manual ones, cleaning your teeth and removing plaque more thoroughly.