4 Home Remedies for Stubborn Plaque
Are you dealing with stubborn plaque? Inadequate brushing and oral hygiene or certain food choices could be the culprit. While your best bet is to visit the dentist for a professional teeth cleaning where we can scrape the plaque from each tooth’s surface, there are some home remedies you can try to get rid of any sticky film that has built up on your teeth.
Brush with Baking Soda
Baking soda neutralizes acid and helps kill bacteria. Put a small amount of baking soda on your toothbrush (around a tablespoon is fine), and then wet the toothbrush. Brush your teeth like you normally would with toothpaste and then rinse. You can also replace a little bit of the baking soda with a pinch of salt and follow the same instructions.
Use an Orange Peel
The limonene in orange peels is known for breaking down plaque while the vitamin C can help combat microorganisms that contribute to plaque. Take an orange peel and rub the inside, or white part, of it on your teeth. You can even do this right before bed (don’t rinse afterwards!) so it sits overnight and has more time to fight harmful bacteria.
Try Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is an antibacterial, so it can help kill the bad bacteria that leads to plaque. You can either use an aloe vera plant (often found in grocery stores or home stores) or aloe vera juice. With an aloe vera plant, take a leaf, cut it open, and extract the pulp. Rub this pulp onto your teeth. Let it sit for around 10 minutes and then rinse with water. If you’re using aloe vera juice, take one cup of it and distill it with about half a cup of water. Swish this mixture around in your mouth and then spit.
Cheese has been shown to prevent cavities because it leaves a protective coating on teeth, shielding them from decay-causing acid. It also results in rising pH levels in your mouth, which fights acid. Try snacking on some cheddar or Swiss!
Don’t Forget About Regular Dental Cleanings
While these home remedies could help you out in the short-term, it’s important to visit the dentist every six months so we can professionally remove any plaque. We can also give you some tips for at-home care so you avoid plaque in the first place. Schedule your appointment at Dublin Corners Dental today!