Plaque is the colorless, sticky film of bacteria which accumulates on the teeth. If left untreated, it continues to build up and hardens into tartar, leading to gingivitis, or inflammation of the gum tissue. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies which will prevent these issues in a completely safe and effective way.
According to a 2008 study published in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry, which analyzed 5 clinical studies, baking soda paste or powder is far more efficient in eliminating plaque than all the other non-baking soda products.
Yet, note that its excessive use might damage your enamel, so it is best to use it moderately.
Natural paste recipe to remove plaque
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
In a bowl, mix the ingredients until you get a homogeneous paste. If you like, you can add a few drops of some essential oil. Now take some of this paste on your toothbrush and start brushing your teeth. Make sure to brush on the inside of teeth as well, do not miss a corner. The paste will not generate much foam, so keep on brushing the teeth for at least 5 minutes. Then rinse it off with clean water.
You can use this method twice every week.
Coconut is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids, 50% of which is lauric acid. Lauric acid has strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which eliminate plaque and bacteria in the mouth. It also helps to keep your breath fresh and whitens the teeth.