A lot of people have a problem with plaque that builds up on their teeth. Plaque can happen not only on your front teeth but on the others as well. No matter its location, plaque is always going to look bad, and in many cases, it increases the chances of tooth decay. This article is going to list 15 different natural and home remedies you can try out in order to solve this problem. This is especially handy if you don't want to spend a lot of money at the dentist.
Try Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide has several different uses as a dental cleaning agent. It can not only remove plaque but if you rinse multiple times, it can also remove tartar from the surface of your teeth. It's best to mix 3 tablespoons of hydrogen with 1 tablespoon of antiseptic mouthwash.
Baking Soda and Salt Combination
Another excellent combination that can take the health of your teeth to the next level is to mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a ½ tablespoon of ordinary sea salt. Dip your wet toothbrush into this mixture, and try cleaning your teeth afterward.
Eat Spicy Food
For some reason, spicy food can act as pretty strong cleaning agent if properly consumed. Experts say that spicy food increases the amount of saliva produced in your mouth, which can also be helpful in removing tartar from the surface of your teeth.
Eating Apples Can Remove Plaque
Another food that is not only healthy (meaning full of vitamins and minerals) but it can "shine" your teeth are apples. It is best if you consume them raw, with their skin, although make sure to properly wash them before consumption.
Figs are a type of healthy food that for some reason rarely get mentioned in the media. Eating figs are not only good for cleaning your teeth, but this type of food can also strengthen your gums which is great for preventing gum disease.
Rub Your Teeth with an Orange Peel
This is a centuries-old home remedy, that works for cleaning your teeth. The only thing you need to do is to peel a single orange and to place the internal part of the peel on the surface of your teeth. Do this for just a few minutes so you don't damage your teeth.
Try an Aloe Vera Gel
Several years ago, products that contained Aloe Vera were all the rage. For some reason, Aloe Vera's popularity has fallen, although products, such as "Aloe Vera Gel" are still available, and you should definitely try the gel by adding it on your toothbrush.
Sesame Seeds Can Work Wonders
Another trick people have been using for a long time is to grab a teaspoon of sesame seeds, and then to grind these seeds on the surface of your teeth. They are just slightly abrasive, which is good, meaning they can remove plaque without damaging your enamel.
Coconut Oil Pulling
Doing coconut oil pulling is an ancient method to clean your mouth from plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria. To do oil pulling, all you need to do is get a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, and then swish it around your mouth for 5-10 minutes.
Eat Citrus Foods
This method is similar to the orange peel method, with the slight difference that in this case, you are going to be eating the fruit instead of just placing peels on the surface of your teeth. Another bonus is the amount of Vitamin C and antioxidants you will get.
How to Make Your Own Toothbrush
Few people know that making toothbrush is not difficult nor expensive. All you need to have before beginning is some coconut oil and baking soda. After that mix two tablespoons of each in a bowl, and add any kind aroma (like cinnamon or peppermint) for a better scent.
Get an Electric Toothbrush
If you found the methods listed so far to be too bothersome, you can always opt out for an electric toothbrush. Some people might find using such brasses as difficult or uncomfortable, but you may like the effect these kinds of brushes have on your teeth.
Preventive Dental Care
Although there are many home remedies and cheap solutions to dental plaque and tartar, you should know that the best "medicine" against this problem is to practice proper dental care, including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing.
Make Sure You Brush Your Tongue
One thing a lot of people do wrong in their tooth brushing routing is to no brush their tongue. Due to the amount of contact the tongue has with food and saliva, it can carry a lot of nasty germs and bacteria that can potentially form plaque on your teeth.
Use Fluoridated Toothpaste
Although over 90% of the toothpaste available today is based on fluoride, you should read the ingredients on the label of your toothbrush, just to make sure that the product you are using contains this essential chemical, as otherwise, your toothbrush might not be as good for cleaning your teeth.
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