Have you ever noticed that after a dental appointment your teeth look sparkly and clean, but over time they appear more dull and yellow? Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds upon the outside of the teeth and along the gum line. You can often prevent and treat plaque buildup at home. If you do not practice good dental hygiene, plaque can turn into a hard yellow-brown substance called tartar.
The best ways to remove plaque
Brushing with Baking Soda
Brushing with baking soda is a safe and effective way to remove plaque. Baking soda can remove plaque without damaging the enamel. Toothpaste that contains baking soda may be more effective at reducing the amount of plaque in the mouth than traditional toothpaste. Baking soda also protects against demineralisation, which is a chemical process that removes calcium from tooth enamel. Baking soda also has antimicrobial properties that may prevent tooth decay.
Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil
Oil pulling is an easy way to remove bacteria from the mouth and improve oral health. Coconut Oil is ideal for oil pulling because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
To oil pull you should:
- Place 1 tablespoon of warm coconut oil in the mouth.
- Swish the coconut oil around the mouth for 5-10 minutes
- Spit the coconut oil into a paper towel, spitting it into the sink may clog the pipes.
Other oils that can be used are Olive oil, sesame oil or, Almond oil.
Practice good oral hygiene
The easiest way to remove plaque is to brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and the evening. You should consider using an electric toothbrush, which can be more effective at removing plaque than a traditional toothbrush.
Flossing first will remove pieces of food and plaque from between the teeth and hard-to-reach areas. After flossing, the toothbrush will remove plaque on the surface of the teeth.