Plaque is a soft film of sticky bacteria that accumulates on the teeth, gums, dental fillings, crowns, and dentures. It is invisible to the naked eye, but very harmful to the teeth. When it interrelates with certain foods, it releases acid, which causes tooth decay.
When plaque builds up, it turns into tartar, which is harder to get rid of. Tartar is responsible for inflammation and gum recession. Thus, the best thing for you to do is to get rid of plaque before it turns into tartar.
Because it is difficult to see plaque with the naked eye, you can use food coloring to spot it. First, apply some petroleum jelly on your lips, to prevent staining from the food coloring. Next, put a few drops of coloring in water, take a sip and swirl the colored water into your mouth, before you spit it out. Rinse the excess with clean water.
When you look your teeth into the mirror, the areas with food color are in fact areas affected by plaque. You should pay particular attention to these areas when brushing. It’s easy to remove this sticky deposit from your teeth with some of the following simple techniques.
How To Get Rid Of Plaque
1. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is a very old practice, which has been used for centuries in the removal of plaque. You’ll need extra virgin coconut oil for this process. Coconut oil works best because it contains high amounts of lauric acid, which has powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
Oil pulling is in fact swirling coconut oil in the mouth. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swirl it in the mouth for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then, spit it out. Do not gargle or swallow the oil. Afterwards, brush your teeth as you normally do.
For better dental hygiene, you can also massage some coconut oil on your gums, every day before brushing. Instead of coconut oil, you can also use sesame oil.
2. Baking Soda
When it comes to plaque removal, baking soda is a very old and effective remedy. Dip a wet toothbrush in some baking soda and brush your teeth, as you would normally do with toothpaste. You can also add a little bit of salt into the baking soda.
When using baking soda, make sure your toothbrush bristles are soft. Also, don’s use it for more than 5 consequential days, because it’s abrasive and can damage your enamel.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is great for treating gum disease, which are usually caused by tartar and plaque. The gel of this plant has antimicrobial properties, and therefore, it helps kill the bacteria responsible for the buildup of tooth deposits. Also, it helps in fighting bad breath.
A study published in the Oral Health and Dental Management Journal in 2014, showed that the effect of Aloe Vera on gingivitis and tooth deposits is similar to that of chlorhexidine mouthwash.
To remove the tooth deposits, cut open an Aloe Vera leaf and squeeze out the gel. Rub it onto your gum line and teeth, and leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. For best results, practice this routine twice a day, on a daily basis.