The Best Ways for Natural Teeth Plaque and Tartar Removal
We’ve all heard how important it is to remove any plaque you may have acquired. But what exactly is plaque?
It is a soft, sticky coating of bacteria and does not only build up on your teeth like some believe, but it can also affect your gums, dentures, fillings, crowns, and tongue.
And when tartar combines with certain minerals which are constantly present in everyone’s saliva, it then hardens and becomes a chalky, white substance called tartar.
You need to remove it because keeping it lets the tartar create the ideal breeding ground for many other oral bacteria, who feed on the sugar you consume.
Another reason to get rid of it as quickly as possible is because it can form acid which damages your tooth enamel, and this naturally leads to tooth cavities. And the oral bacteria you have gathered also cause a wide variety of periodontal problems.
How does one acquire plaque buildup in the first place? There are several factors, such as a bad or incorrect brushing technique, inadequate oral hygiene, poor and unhealthy nutrition, and even sometimes thanks to it being hereditary. It may also be because you’ve been skipping on your dental checkup, which should be done at least once a year even if you do not have any current issues. Better safe than sorry.
It may also be because you’ve been skipping on your dental checkup, which should be done at least once a year even if you do not have any current issues. Better safe than sorry.
That’s why it’s so important to maintain optimal dental and oral hygiene.
Here are some useful tips for you:
- Use a good toothpaste and high-quality toothbrush to give your teeth a thorough brushing at least twice per day. By ‘high-quality toothbrush’ we mean the soft, nylon kind with polished and rounded bristles.
- Make sure to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the lining of your gums
- It’s also crucial to brush your tongue as it too may provide an ideal gathering place for nasty bacteria, which in turn contributes to the buildup of plaque, among other problems which may arise
- Make use of dental floss on a regular basis, don’t underestimate its potential in cleaning your gums and teeth
In addition to practicing these tips, you can also try some healthy home remedies for plaque buildup. Since tartar is rather difficult to remove after it has already mineralized, it’s best to prevent it from ever building up in the first place. In other words, even if you don’t have any plaque at the moment, it’s still advisable to try some of the following remedies in order to hinder its possible appearance in the future.
In other words, even if you don’t have any plaque at the moment, it’s still advisable to try some of the following remedies in order to hinder its possible appearance in the future.
1. Oil Pulling
It has a long tradition in this world and can be quite effective when it comes to removing any plaque. The ideal oil for this task would be extra-virgin coconut oil. This is thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects, as well as its high lauric acid content.
The Nigerian Medical Journal had published a study in 2015 where they claim that oil pulling using coconut oil will indeed reduce any plaque formation. Here’s how to do it properly:
1. Take one tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes.
2. Do not swallow it or gargle with it. After the swishing is done simply spit it out.
3. Next, brush your teeth as you always do.
4. It’s most effective if repeated on a daily basis, before consuming any food in the early morning.
You can also massage your gums with a few drops of coconut oil. If, for any reason, you don’t want to use coconut oil, you can opt for warm sesame oil instead.
2. Baking Soda
This marvelous home remedy which has 1001 uses is also great for removing dental plaque! It also goes by the name sodium bicarbonate. It’s great for neutralizing acids in your mouth, and this leads to less harmful bacteria in there. In addition to this, it even helps naturally whiten your teeth. Talk about a great bonus!
In addition to this, it even helps naturally whiten your teeth. Talk about a great bonus!
The Journal of Clinical Dentistry had published a study in 2008 where they had analyzed 5 separate clinical studies. Its conclusion was that baking soda powder or paste is most efficient at removing plaque than any other product that doesn’t contain this ingredient. Here are a few ways you can use it for optimal effects:
Here are a few ways you can use it for optimal effects:
- Dab the bristles of your toothbrush with a small amount of baking soda and continue by brushing your teeth. Afterward, give your mouth a good rinsing using lukewarm water
- You can also try mixing 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of salt. Then just dip a damp toothbrush into this mixture and brush gently for a while before rinsing
- And yet a third option is to mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a sufficient amount of hydrogen peroxide to obtain a paste. Once again, brush your teeth and proceed by rinsing
You can use any of these options one or two times per week.
Word of caution: remember the ‘too much of a good thing’ rule and don’t overuse baking soda as doing so can actually have an adverse effect on your tooth enamel!
Both the fruit and leaves of the guava are famous for their antiplaque abilities. But then there’s also their analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which make them great for reducing any pain and swelling in your gums.
The International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences had published a study back in 2014 which showed that the extract from the guava leaf can lower the chances of early plaque buildup. It can also inhibit the Streptococcus mutants which can thrive in your mouth and cause dental plaque. Here are a few ways to use guava leaves:
It can also inhibit the Streptococcus mutants which can thrive in your mouth and cause dental plaque.
Here are a few ways to use Guava leaves:
- Wash a few guava leaves before slowly chewing on them and spitting them out. You should do this daily in order to stop possible plaque buildup
- Take one piece of unripe guava, sprinkle some salt on it and chew on it thoroughly. Best to do this once or twice a day for a few days in a row
- You can also choose to use mouth rinse which contains extract from guava leaves
4. Aloe Vera
Other than its usefulness for many other health-related subjects, such as skin or hair, it is also beneficial to your teeth. It’s effective for dealing with gum disease which may be the cause of tartar or plaque buildup.
It has antimicrobial properties great for battling bacteria and even helps with bad breath.
The Journal of Oral Health and Dental Management had published a 2014 study where they discovered that aloe vera has a similar effect to the chlorhexidine mouthwash when it comes to combatting not only plaque but also gingivitis.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Slice an aloe vera leaf and take out the pulp
2. Rub the aloe vera pulp directly on your gums and teeth
3. Leave it on for just 10 minutes, then rinse using cold water
4. Use this home remedy two times per day
Did you know that our ancestors have long known of the power of ground cloves for relieving toothache? It’s also powerful against fighting microbes which may cause plaque and tartar buildup in the first place.
The Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology had published a study in 2014 in which it states that a herbal mouth rinse which contains clove, basil and tea tree oil made a reduction in microbial colony activity, which makes this natural mouthwash an excellent antigingivitis and antiplaque agent.
Here’s the best way to reap its benefits:
- You can mix one teaspoon of powdered cloves with a bit of olive oil. Now simply apply this homemade mixture on your teeth. Let it stay for a few minutes, before once again rinsing thoroughly. It yields the best effects if done twice daily.
- You can also try chewing one or two cloves regularly for optimal oral health and reducing any bacteria-caused bad breath.
6. White Vinegar
It contains acetic acids, and this is good for a number of reasons. For one thing, it can aid in preventing the demineralization of your tooth enamel, and it can also reduce any plaque accumulation. It’s also a great antibacterial agent.
The International Journal of Advanced Health Sciences had published a study back in 2014 which suggests that this vinegar has more acetic acid than distilled water or glycerin.
Here’s what you can do with it:
1. Combine 1 teaspoon of salt with 2 teaspoons of white vinegar in half a cup of warm water.
2. Rinse with this mixture 1 to 2 times in one day.
7. Orange Peels
Sounds too simple but they are great for removing any stains from your teeth. In other words, they are a natural teeth whitener.
But other than this, the limonene which orange peels contain helps to break down the plaque on your teeth, and most importantly, without eroding your tooth’s enamel!
Also, their rich vitamin C content hinders the microorganism growth in your mouth.
Here’s the best way to use these peels:
1. Rub the inside part of the orange peel directly on your gums and teeth. This is best done before going to bed.
2. Let it stay overnight and rinse the morning after
3. Repeat as many times as you deem fit for keeping your teeth white and clean
Of you don’t have any fresh orange peels at hand, you can always opt for dried orange powder. It gets the job done either way.
8. Rosemary Essential Oil
This oil acts as a natural disinfectant for eradicating any oral bacteria.
But it can also help prevent the buildup of plaque, rid you of bad breath and hinder the formation of cavities as well!
The Journal of Applied Microbiology had published a study back in 2012. In it, they explained that the rosemary plant extracts prevented the growth of bacteria in your mouth.
They also helped prevent the production of glucan, glucosyltransferase activity, and, yes, plaque buildup.
Here’s what to do:
1. What you do is mix two or three drops of this essential oil in one tablespoon of a type of carrier oil or just water.
2. Swish this mixture inside your mouth for a total of 10 minutes.
3. Again, this mixture shouldn’t be swallowed or gargled with. After you’re done swishing it across your teeth simply spit it out. Proceed by brushing your teeth like always.
4. Repeat this process up to two times a day.
You can use thyme or sage essential oil in case you lack rosemary.
9. Black Tea
If you choose to rinse with black tea, it can naturally reduce and control any bad bacteria gathered in your oral cavity. This, of course, also reduces your risk of developing plaque. This is all thanks to its natural antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
On top of all that, it is an excellent source of fluoride.
Because it’s useful for encouraging better tooth enamel quality, thus successfully preventing tooth decay. It also hinders the bad bacteria in their mission of producing acid which is the cause of the tooth decay in the first place.
The Journal of Dentistry of Tehran University of Medical Sciences had published a study back in 2011. In it, they concur that Iranian black tea and green tea are rich in fluoride and possess powerful antibacterial properties.
Here’s the best way to go about it:
1. Place a black tea bag in a mug or cup of hot water and leave it there for no more than 5 minutes.
2. Before removing the tea bag, give it a good squeeze into the mug/cup in order to release as much fluoride as you can.
3. Allow this tea to cool down a bit, and then rinse your mouth and teeth with it.
4. Once a day is enough to prevent any plaque from accumulating
Sounds crazy, right? But cheese aids in your production of alkaline saliva which helps in neutralizing plaque acid. It also creates a protective barrier around your gums and teeth which the acid from the plaque bacteria at bay.
And wouldn’t you know it, it’s also full of phosphates and calcium which aid the remineralization of your teeth.
The Journal of European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry had published a 2012 study where it states that the cheese with no added sucrose (sugar) may hinder the occurrence of caries.
It does so by increasing phosphorous and calcium concentration in the dental plaque.
So do like the French and eat a small quantity of cheese (best of the hard variety) after each meal to reap the benefits.
Some Additional Things You Can Do:
- Munch on some spicy foods. This is for stimulating your salivary glands. You need your saliva for cleaning your gums and teeth, thus combatting any tooth decay or dental diseases.
- While we’re on stimulating saliva, you can also try thoroughly chewing on some figs for this. They can also naturally strengthen your teeth.
- Try chewing on a raw apple an hour after your meal. It will not only naturally clean your teeth but also aid in natural gum healing.
- Since you may very well have heard that oral bacteria thrive on sugar, try and consume as little processed foods and sugars as possible.
- Try using margosa twigs like a natural toothbrush for your teeth
- Go to professional cleaning at least once each year.