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Everyone desires for an attractive, pearly-white teeth. But no matter how hard we brush or how many times we have our teeth whitening done, our teeth still turn dull and yellow overtime. This discolouration is caused by oral hygiene issues in children or plaque, a substance that bacteria produce as they accumulate on our teeth. Plaque can build up on the teeth and along the gum lines. The presence of plaque doesn’t only taint your smile; if not removed, it can eventually damage your teeth and gums.

Here are natural yet highly effective ways to get rid of plaque.

  1. Brush regularly.

The simplest way to remove plaque is through regular brushing. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristled brush and replace it every 3 to 4 months as the bristles start to fray. You can also use an electric brush which works twice as hard as a traditional toothbrush in removing damaging substances from the teeth.

  1. Make flossing a habit.

Brushing alone is not enough if you want to keep your teeth clean from plaque-inducing food debris. Strive to floss before your brush to remove every bit of food stuck between the crevices of your teeth.

Here’s how to do flossing the right way:

  • Take an 18-inch floss. Wrap one end around both your middle fingers.
  • Hold the floss between your forefingers and thumbs. Gently, push the floss between teeth.
  • Try to move the floss in a ‘C’ shape on the side of every tooth.
  • In an up and down direction, rub the floss gently (pressing the floss against your tooth). Make sure not to snap the floss.
  • Repeat above steps for all your teeth.
  1. Brush with an Aloe vera and glycerin.

A healthier and shinier teeth is possible by brushing your teeth with Aloe vera gel and glycerin. Whip up a mixture of Aloe vera gel, 4 teaspoons of glycerin, half a cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of lemon essential oil. Mix all ingredients in 1 cup of water.

  1. Use baking soda.

Studies show that people who used toothpaste containing baking soda to brush their teeth removed more plaque and prevented its growth over 24 hours than people who brush with regular toothpaste. Being an abrasive, baking soda can effectively scrub plaque off the teeth and it’s a great natural cleanser as well.

  1. Do an ‘oil pull.’

[CAPTION:] Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that help prevent teeth and gum problems.

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Swishing coconut or olive oil around your mouth can strengthen teeth and remove plaque. It can also help combat other dental problems like tooth decay and sore gums. Coconut oil delivers such benefit as it contains fatty acids like lauric acid, a substance known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.

  1. Chew sesame seeds.

Sesame seeds don’t only add flavour and texture to food, they’re also effective at cleaning teeth stains and removing plaque from the teeth surface. Just chew a handful of sesame seeds for a few minutes then spit them out. Use a dry toothbrush to remove leftover seeds from your mouth. You can also make it as scrub to get rid of stains.

  1. Brush with vinegar solution.

While this may not be the tastiest option, vinegar is totally natural and it deeply cleanses the teeth without damaging it. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt in 4 ounces of water. Use it as your mouth rinse for several days to get the maximum effect.

Tips to prevent plaque buildup

[CAPTION:] Dentists help you prevent plaque buildup by keeping your teeth clean.

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Practicing proper dental habits is key to preventing plaque formation. Brush your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed. Floss at least once a day.

Timed dental appointments are also crucial in ensuring plaque and tartar don’t thrive on your teeth. Visit Dr. Urszula Barrios and avail of thorough teeth cleaning procedures that aim to scrape plaque and tartar from your teeth. Consider getting a fluoride treatment which helps avoid and minimize the growth of oral bacteria and tartar buildup on your teeth.

The more proactive you are in caring for your teeth, the less likely plaque and tartar can flourish on them. Check with your Family Dentist in Etobicoke immediately if you think you may be experiencing plaque-related dental issues.