How to Remove Plaque From Teeth Naturally
Having plaque build up on teeth is frustrating.
It builds up slowly without even giving you time to notice, then it convert in tartar allow bacteria’s to grow rapidly which then leads to dental cavities.
What is plaque on teeth?
Plaque is nothing but a thin colorless deposit that accumulate on teeth and sticky in nature.
As it deposit grows, it forms tartar which is yellow or brown in color and usually found behind the teeth, between the two teeth and the front surface of teeth.
In short it covers almost all area of teeth.
What causes plaque build up on teeth?
Our saliva contains many components, one of which is glycoproteins.
These glycoproteins rich saliva adheres to the teeth surface and create a film called as Dental Pellicle.
Bacteria’s attaches themselves to this dental pellicle proliferate and build up their colonies.
When we eat, these micro-colonies of bacteria’s use the sugar from our food to grow and in the process produce acid.
This acid is harmful to enamel of teeth and its production result into breaking down enamel and leads to cavity formation on teeth.
Step by step plaque formation –
How does plaque affect the health of teeth?
As we learnt that plaque is nothing but film that contains glycoproteins and provides favourable conditions for microbes to grow fast and build micro-colonies.
This bacterium feast on sugar from the food that we eat and produces acid that breaks down protective layer of teeth i.e. enamel.
Breaking of enamel result into cavity formation on teeth. These further helps bacteria to grow and process keeps repeating until whole teeth get decayed.
Plaque also leads to tartar formation on teeth.
As plaque, tartar and bacteria start to accumulate over the surface of teeth; gums start to become inflamed and look red causing gingivitis.
Gingivitis, periodontitis, and caries are common health hazards that can be caused by formation of plaque.
How to remove plaque on teeth?
There are plenty home remedies available to remove plaque and tartar from teeth.
Baking soda is alkaline in nature and neutralises the acid created by bacteria and lower its effects on teeth.
It also helps to increase brightness of teeth and gives you pearly white teeth.
Mix 1 part of salt with two part of baking soda and take this mixture over wet bristles of your toothbrush then brush teeth gently for couple of minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water.
You can also use baking soda alone to brush your teeth, without mixing it with salt or any other ingredient.
You can also make a paste of baking soda by mixing it with a spoonful of hydrogen peroxide and brush your teeth to get rid of plaque.
Do this once or twice a week as excessive use of baking soda may damage your teeth.
Cloves are popular its anti-bacterial properties and widely being used to relieve toothache.
Cloves can also be used to remove plaque and to fight against micro-colonies of bacteria’s found in plaque and tartar.
Make a habit to chew one clove every day to kill bacteria that grow in oral cavity. This will also help you get rid of bad breath to a certain extend.
Add 1 teaspoon of clove powder to few drops of olive oil and mix it well. Apply this paste to teeth and wash it off after 5 to 10 minutes using lukewarm water.
As plaque formation is a continuous process it is better to take some daily action to avoid its build up.
Change Brushing Habits
It is better to brush twice a day.
Once in the morning and once before going to bed. Doing this reduces the chances of plaque formation.