Plaque is the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that accumulates on the surface of our teeth, which can harden in the form of tartar, and cause gum inflammation and gingivitis if left untreated.
Happily, there are extremely effective natural remedies to help you prevent such issues and eliminate plaque e from the teeth.
Apparently, coconut oil is the most powerful weapon against dental issues and the solution to a healthy and white smile. Coconut oil is high in medium chain fatty acids, 50% of which are lauric acid, which offers potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that eliminate bacteria and plaque, and eliminates bad breath.
You can add some coconut oil to a clean cloth or your toothbrush and rub the teeth gently to whiten them. This oil has been used for millennia in a practice known as oil pulling, which destroys bacteria in the oral cavity, and leaves the teeth pearly white.
The Nigerian Journal of Medicine in April 2015 published a study which observed 60 subjects between the ages 16 and 18 who practiced oil pulling for a month.
The findings showed that the levels of plaque and gum diseases were significantly reduced after the first week.
All you have to do is to swish a teaspoon of this oil in the mouth for 20 minutes, but do not gargle it. Then, spit it out to remove all the absorbed bacteria from the mouth. Then, rinse, and brush the teeth, and repeat daily.
Moreover, baking soda effectively removes plaque and whitens teeth, destroying bacteria and alkalizing the oral cavity at the same time.
The Journal of Clinical Dentistry published a 2008 study which involved 5 clinical studies and found that baking soda paste or powders are far more effective than products that do not contain it.
Here is how to make a natural, homemade, plaque removal recipe:
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin (unrefined) coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix the ingredients in a bowl until you get a homogeneous mixture, and dip the toothbrush into the paste. Then, brush the teeth as usually. Repeat twice a day.
Furthermore, here are some highly effective natural ways to whiten your teeth and eliminate plaque:
- Brush the teeth with a mixture of a teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- Mix a teaspoon of baking soda and some hydrogen peroxide, and use the paste to brush the gums and teeth.
- Pour some baking soda on a wet toothbrush and brush the teeth and gums. Rinse with lukewarm water.