Plaque/tartar is a soft, sticky film that builds upon the outside of the teeth and along the gum line. A person can often prevent and treat plaque buildup at home. If a person does not practice good dental hygiene, plaque can turn into a hard yellow-brown substance called tartar.
Brushing and flossing often prevent plaque and tartar from forming. However, tartar can be more difficult to remove and sometimes requires a visit to the dentist’s office for a professional cleaning.
Brushing with baking soda is a safe and effective way to remove plaque. Baking soda can remove plaque without damaging the enamel.
Studies suggest that toothpaste that contains baking soda may be more effective at reducing the amount of plaque in the mouth than traditional toothpaste.
Baking soda also protects against demineralization, which is a chemical process that removes calcium from tooth enamel.
Carbohydrates from food can drastically lower the pH level in the mouth, creating an acidic environment that causes demineralization.
Scientists measure the acidity of a substance using the pH scale. The lower the pH, the more acidic the substance.
The lower limit for enamel pH ranges between 5.1 and 5.5. When the pH drops below this range, demineralization begins to occur.
Baking soda reduces demineralization because it has a high pH, which can help balance the pH level inside the mouth and prevent enamel loss.
The mouth is home to a diverse ecosystem of bacteria, some of which are beneficial while others can be harmful. Streptococcus mutans, for example, is the bacteria primarily responsible for tooth decay.
Baking soda also has antimicrobial properties that may prevent tooth decay. Research suggests that baking soda can significantly reduce the amount of S. mutans.
You can take a handful of sesame seeds, chew on them for several minutes and spit them out for an easy way to clean your teeth, and gently remove dental plaque. Afterward, use a dry brush to remove any remaining seeds. You can also use this scrub to remove stains from your teeth.
This is not the tastiest solution, but it cleanses your teeth without causing any damage:
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- one tbsp salt
- 4 oz water
Combine the ingredients, spit it out and rinse your mouth thoroughly. Repeat for several days for maximum effect.
It involves swishing a tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil around in the mouth for a prescribed period, then spitting it out.
- Rinsing your teeth with sesame or coconut oil for 10-15 minutes is sure to help you cure that agonizing tooth decay.
- Make sure you don’t ingest the oil.
- Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Use saltwater for added antimicrobial benefits.
- Brush your teeth as usual.
- Do this daily in the morning, on an empty stomach.
Try Clove Paste
Cloves have natural antibacterial properties that can help get rid of bacteria in your mouth. Make and use this clove paste regularly to help keep cavities at bay:
- Add a few drops of water or olive oil to 1 tsp of powdered cloves. Mix until a paste texture is achieved.
- Cover teeth in the paste and leave on for 2 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Repeat twice a day.