Plaque is a sticky, soft film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth, dental fillings, gums, tongue, dentures and crowns.Improper oral hygiene, bad brushing technique, poor food choices, heredity and lack of professional care can lead to plague formation.
Maintaining dental hygiene is key to preventing plaque and tartar buildup. You should:
○ Brush your teeth with a good toothpaste at least two times a day. Use a soft, nylon brush with rounded, polished bristles. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line.
○ Make sure you brush your tongue as well because it supports growth of bacteria leading to plaque buildup.
○ Use dental floss regularly to clean your teeth and gums.
Once the tartar has mineralized on your teeth, it is extremely difficult to remove. However, if you regularly remove plaque, it can help prevent permanent tooth decay.
Here is the most effect way to remove plague and tartar at home:
Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate. It neutralizes acids in the mouth, thereby reducing the amount of harmful bacteria. It also helps whiten and brighten your pearly whites.
○ Put a small amount of baking soda on the bristles of your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth with it. Rinse your mouth and teeth thoroughly with lukewarm water.
○ Alternatively, mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Dip a dampened toothbrush in the mixture. Brush your teeth with this powder gently.
○ You also can mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Use it to brush your teeth and gums, spit it out and rinse your mouth thoroughly.
Use any of these remedies once or twice a week.
Note: Do not use baking soda in excess as it may damage the tooth enamel over time..
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