Plaque, a disgusting thick white film formed on the tooth’s outer layer. The Plaque forming bacteria feasts on food stuck between tooths to produce acid. This acid is formed from food’s sugar to jeopardize the tooth’s outer layer enamel. Unfortunately, Plaque cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing, but instead, it will harden and form tartar. If Plaque is not treated dentally, it will weaken tooth’s enamel layer forging cavities. In the extreme scenario, it can cause more harm to teeth whose recovery would be impossible. But, what are the safety measures you can take as an individual to prevent Plaque in teeth?
A regular dental checkup would be a great idea, but the cost that comes along with it would not be acceptable for most of us. So, what could be an ideal way to get rid of Plaque. Even before the advancement in dental science, People suffered from Plaque. But, they adopted few methods that helped them to get rid of Plaque. These methods were those home remedies which were used for many decades to treat teeth. Each of them was effective then, and they haven’t lost their effect even today. If we categorize these remedies, we can divide them into two categories food-based remedies & oral care remedies
If there is one fruit in nature which was sowed on the Earth to get rid of plaque, it will be Guava. The fruit is rich in fiber and has antibacterial properties. It is diabetes-friendly and contains a low glycaemic index (1). The guava can either be consumed raw or as a smoothie. Guava jams are not recommended because of high sugar content. Guava’s leaf also carries same properties that of guava, so they can also be used.
Eating a guava every day can help to reduce plaque within a week. It is the most effective food-based remedy.
The ancient food used by many civilizations for decades to cure plaque is cheese. It has no hint of sugar which does not excite bacteria to form an acid. In fact, it has a more anti-acidic property which nullifies the effect of acid in the mouth. Eating cheese increase Ph level (2) in the mouth, which increases saliva. The saliva contains 98% of water which can dilute any acid formed in the mouth. If cheese is consumed periodically, it will help to get rid of plaques and avoid cavities. Maybe a double cheese sandwich will do it, don’t you think?
Packed with Vitamin C, fiber, and a high level of antioxidants like polyphenols, (3) Strawberries are low in cholesterol and free of sodium and fat. Vitamin C is an ascorbic acid which can dissolve other acids in it. A Vitamin C fruit salad is an ideal solution to treat plaque and tartar. The other food recipes to try with strawberries are juice, milkshakes, etc.
Strawberries are also regarded as great tooth whiteners as they are added to children’s toothpaste. Strawberry flavored yogurt is another alternative to treat plaque and tartar. It is the fastest remedy to treat plaque.
Another vitamin C rich food to try is lemon. It also contains vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, iron, and much more (4). A fact of lemon juice is its use in dental care frequently. It assists with tooth pain, gum’s bleeding, and treating plaque. Intake or consumption of lemon juice directly can weaken gums. It is always recommended to dilute it with water.
Applying lemon juice on plaque and tartar affected areas works best. A mixture of warm water with lemon and ginger help in removing plaque and tartar. Lemon juice is a Do-It-Yourself home remedy.
Cloves, popularly known as ‘Laung’ in India is a traditional way to treat plaque. Cloves have both natural antiseptic and anesthetic properties. In India, they have been used as a natural toothache reliever for thousands of years. If you much clove periodically, it will fight against dental problems associated with the tooth.
In India, people place clove under their lips and salivate until it runs out of juice. It is used in many dental products around the world which includes toothpaste, mouth fresheners, etc. It is only a plant’s bud in the world which treats plaque and other dental problems.
Oral Care Remedies
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species which has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It is primarily used to treat tooth decay and commonly used to cure plaque (bacterial biofilms) on the teeth. It is a standard mouth freshener which contains chlorhexidine. It is an ideal choice for killing Streptococcus bacteria in the mouth which is a source of plaque. It is also used for killing Candida albicans yeast. After you rinse your mouth with water, you can consume aloe vera juice directly. It can also be used as a mouth freshener to treat both plaque and tartar.
If it is the plaque that you are suffering from, then baking soda is a mandatory do-it-yourself home remedy you have to try. It is a replacement for mouthwash which has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It can also be used as a teeth whitener because of abrasive properties. Many kinds of toothpaste contain baking soda to fight against harmful bacteria. It can be mixed along with a pinch of salt and applied on the plague affected area. Rub the affected area with a brush for 5 minutes and rinse mouth with water. If this remedy is used for 3-4 days, your teeth will be plaque free.
Anti-Plaque Toothpaste (Homemade)
The essential ingredients required to make a perfect anti-plague toothpaste are coconut oil, baking soda, cloves, strawberries, and salt. Salt can easily strengthen the gums. Take a large glass bowl and mix all the ingredients. A pink paste will be formed and remember not to add water to it. Use this paste on your toothbrush and brush your teeth. Do this regularly 4-5 times every day to get the best result. This homemade anti-plague toothpaste can also be used to treat tartar.
The dirtiest thing which can be available in your bathroom is your toothbrush. It carries more germs and bacteria than a dog’s mouth. When you brush your teeth with such toothbrush, forging of plaque is inevitable. The best possible way to prevent it is by investing in an electric toothbrush. Most of the companies have created electric toothbrushes which are ideal for daily usage. The number of strokes given by an electronic toothbrush can out brush a human hand easily. The electronic brushes come along with UV light holders which kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs.
Maintain Dental Hygiene
Most of the dental and oral problem occurs due to a bad dental routine. Many people take it for granted, and their ignorance jeopardizes the overall health. If you maintain proper dental hygiene, you will never witness any of the dental and oral problems. Maybe most of us cannot afford a monthly dental checkup, but you can afford it twice a year. This strategy will help you to interact with the dental expert and ask relevant questions about dental care.