Do you know the feeling of having a sticky film on your teeth? That’s called plaque and it’s a breeding ground for bacteria that forms on your teeth. If left untreated it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Tartar buildup on teeth can be uncomfortable and lead to various oral health issues, including bad breath and periodontal disease. Even if you are going to your regular professional cleaning twice a year, you still may be dealing with dental plaque buildup in between cleaning.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. This is not medical advice. I am not a doctor. All opinions are my own.
Luckily there are many home remedies for the plaque on teeth that you can use to get rid of plaque and maintain healthy teeth. Here are 21 amazing home remedies for removing plaque naturally:
1) Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is one of my favourite natural remedies for plaque removal. I have been oil-pulling for years with great success.
Oil pulling involves taking a small amount of coconut oil (about 1 teaspoon) and swishing it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Be sure not to swallow the oil and spit it out in the trash can after so you don’t clog your sink.
The oil helps to pull out harmful bacteria and plaque from your teeth, freshen your breath, and improve your overall oral health. Some people even claim oiling pulling can heal an oral cavity!
For the best results, you should use coconut oil or olive oil.
2) Brush Regularly and Thoroughly
Not surprisingly one of the best ways to keep your tooth enamel healthy is to brush your teeth regularly. Just like you were taught as a child you should be brushing your teeth twice a day.
For best results, you should use natural fluoride-free toothpaste so you aren’t introducing toxins into your body while brushing your teeth.
When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush in circular motions all the way to your gum line. Brush for at least two minutes and don’t forget to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove any bacteria. You can also use a tongue scraper for this part!
3) Salt and Baking Soda
Salt and baking soda can help freshen your breath and remove plaque because they are both natural antiseptics. To use mix 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of baking soda together. Then add a few drops of water to make it into a paste.
Use this paste to brush your teeth. When you are done be sure to rinse thoroughly with plenty of water.
4) Use Dental Floss
Another important step in removing plaque and preventing tartar buildup is flossing. To reap the max amount of benefits you should be flossing every day after you brush your teeth.
Be sure to choose natural dental floss that isn’t made of plastic. Use your dental floss to clean between each tooth so you can remove any plaque or food particles that may be stuck between your teeth.
5) Rinse with a Natural Mouthwash
Rinsing with a natural mouthwash can help to remove plaque. Try to choose one with essential oils for the best benefits!
6) Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is great for your teeth because it is a natural disinfectant. To use it simply mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. Then use it as a mouthwash and rinse thoroughly with water afterwards.
7) Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a natural acid that can help to remove plaque and freshen your breath. To use lemon juice for your teeth all you have to do is rinse your mouth with fresh lemon juice.
You can also mix it with baking soda to make a paste and brush your teeth with it. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water afterwards.
8) Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a natural antiseptic that can soothe your gums and help to remove plaque from your teeth. To use it rub a teaspoon of aloe vera gel onto your teeth and gums or add it to your toothpaste. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water afterwards.
9) Guava Leaves
Guava leaves have antibacterial properties that can help to remove plaque from your teeth. All you have to do is chew on a few guava leaves after your meals or make tea from them and use it as a mouthwash.
10) Neem Leaves
Chewing on neem leaving after meals or making tea with them and using it as a mouthwash is great for your teeth because of the antibacterial properties in neem leaves.
11) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of my favourite home remedies for just about everything! You can use it for everything from wart removal to deodorant! It is a natural disinfectant so it is great for your teeth.
Apple cider vinegar is very strong so you should mix it with equal parts water before using it as a mouthwash. Then rinse your mouth after for fresh breath!
12) Clove Oil
Clove essential oil is great for oral health because it has antibacterial properties that can help to remove plaque and freshen your breath. You can add a drop of clove oil when you oil pull or can add it to your toothpaste.
13) Cranberry Juice
If you drink cranberry juice on a regular basis you are already helping reduce your plaque because it is a natural astringent. You can also use it as a mouthwash!
14) Fenugreek Seeds
You can also use fenugreek seeds to help with plaque because they have antibacterial properties. To use them you can either make tea and use it as a mouthwash or simply chew the seeds after your meals.
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic so it can be very helpful for removing plaque from your teeth. You can simply make a paste of turmeric powder and water and brush your teeth with it or add the turmeric straight to your toothpaste.
16) Orange Peel
Another remedy you can use an orange peel to remove plaque from your teeth. All you have to do is take a fresh orange peel and rub it on your teeth for a few minutes.
The way it works is that citric acid helps to freshen your breath as well as break down any plaque on your teeth. Rinse your mouth afterwards and do this once or twice a week!
17) Electric Toothbrush
If you are still using a regular toothbrush it may be time to switch to an electric toothbrush. Using an electric toothbrush will help remove plaque better than a traditional toothbrush because it oscillates at a higher frequency than regular brushing and removes plaque more effectively.
Electric toothbrushes also come with multiple brush options, some of which are specially made to remove plaque. You can also set a timer which will ensure that you brush for the most effective amount of time to remove build-up.
18) Spicy Foods
Spicy foods may not directly reduce plaque buildup but they do however indirectly reduce plaque because they increase saliva production. Increases in saliva will help to wash away any food particles that can cause issues.
Saliva also contains enzymes that can help break down food particles and stop them from getting stuck in your teeth.
19) Drink Water
Drinking water is important for all aspects of your health. It will keep you hydrated throughout your day and also help to wash away any food residue stuck in your teeth. By drinking water all day you will reduce the amount of food that stays on your teeth and reduce plaque as well.
20) Dental Scraper
Did you know you can buy your own dental scraper at your local store or online? A dental scraper or pick is the little metal tool that they use at the dentist to scrape the plaque build-up off of tour teeth.
You can do this at home very carefully in a well-lit room with a mirror. This process shouldn’t hurt and you should always be very careful not to poke your gums!
21) Eat Figs
Surprisingly, eating figs is another great way to reduce plaque on teeth. The reason figs are so good for your teeth is that they have antibacterial properties so by eating them you can help reduce the number of bacteria and plaque on your teeth.
Wrapping Up Home Remedies for Plaque on Teeth
Tarter build-up happens to everyone and the best way to go about tarter removal is to see a dental hygienist on a regular basis. However, you can keep healthy white teeth in between appointments by following these home remedies such as oiling pulling, using an electric toothbrush, using a natural mouthwash and more.
Good oral health is super important for your overall health so it’s critical for you to keep up with your dental health by brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
If you’re looking for more home remedies, try these home remedies for whitening teeth!
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