Plaque is a common condition which occurs on our teeth. In fact, it is colorless, sticky film of bacteria which builds up on the teeth. If it is not treated on time, it will continue to accumulate and harden into tartar, thus causing gingivitis, or inflammation of the gum tissue.
However, there are natural remedies which are very efficient in this issue, and moreover they are safe without any chemicals in them.
One of the best natural remedies in the world is the use of coconut oil. This is the most powerful natural remedy for a plaque.
Coconut oil is potent natural oil which has a wide range of uses and benefits, nevertheless in this article we shall concentrate on oral health and hygiene. Thanks to its powerful properties it can prevent the occurrence of dental issues and offering a healthy and white smile.
Another natural plaque solution is baking soda which also it is very effective in whitening the teeth. It lowers the number of harmful bacteria as it has the ability to neutralize the acids in the oral cavity.
The great effect of baking soda paste or powder was confirmed by five clinical studies which were published in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry in 2008. It was proven that baking soda paste or powder is more efficient in removing plaque than any other available products which do not contain baking soda.
NOTE: Be aware of the fact that excessive use may damage your enamel, therefore use it moderately.
Here below is the recipe for the prevention of plaque formation.
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil(unrefined)
- A few drops of essential oil (at your own preference), for instance, peppermint oil.
Use a bowl where you will mix all of the ingredients till you get a smooth paste. If you wish, you can include a few drops of some essential oil.
Take your toothbrush and dip it in the formed paste, then brush your teeth two times a day as usual.
There are more natural recipes which are very effective in eliminating plaque if they are used once or twice a week:
- Prepare a mixture consisted of 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Use this mixture as a paste and gently brush the teeth.
- Prepare a mixture consisted of 1 teaspoon of baking soda with some hydrogen peroxide to form a paste, and then brush the teeth and gums. After that, spit it out and rinse the mouth well.
- The simplest way is to put a bit of baking soda on the wet toothbrush, and then brush the teeth. After that, rinse the mouth with lukewarm water.
Foe achieving this goal the most useful natural ingredient is coconut oil, particularly in the process known as oral pulling.
Coconut oil is high in medium chain fatty acids, and fifty percent of them are auric acid. Laurie acid has powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial features which removes plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Likewise, it keeps the breath fresh and whitens the teeth.
According to a study released in the Nigerian Journal of Medicine, in April 2015, involved 60 participants in the age range of 16-18 who used the method of oil pulling in their oral hygiene routine for one month; the results were that the levels of plaque and gum diseases had substantially reduced after 7 days of oil pulling.
The way how to perform this method:
Take 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in the mouth, and swish it for 15 to 20 minutes; however it needs to cover all the areas of the oral cavity. Do not perform any gargling, but spit it out to eliminate the bacteria it has absorbed from the gums and teeth.
Rinse you mouth with lukewarm water, and then brush the teeth. Repeat this method daily for several days, and very soon you will notice that your teeth gradually whiten.
The other way is to include some coconut oil on a toothbrush or on a clean cloth, and then rub it gently. Everyone will notice your white teeth and compliment you on their whiteness.