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How To Clean Teeth Plaque At Home

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Clean Teeth Plaque At Home

When plaque, a colorless film of live and dead bacteria, hardens on the teeth, it becomes tartar. Tartar, also known as calculus, varies in color from yellow to brown. Although plaque is considered to be the primary cause of dental cavities, it's actually the tartar deposits that cause the most damage. These deposits must be removed to avoid painful and unsightly dental cavities and gum disease. By practicing good dental hygiene, you can prevent plaque that leads to tartar deposits and other serious lesions such as gingivitis. When you practice a good oral hygiene, you'll avoid plaque and therefore its accumulation. This is why you should pay attention to this OneHowTo article and learn how to clean teeth plaque at home.

You'll need:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste to control plaque and tartar
  • Dental floss
  • Tartar and plaque control mouthwash
  • Baking soda
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
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Steps to follow:


Use the correct brushing technique with a toothpaste specially formulated to control and get rid of tartar. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, but we recommend brushing them after every meal and at bedtime. Electric toothbrushes have been proved to be more efficient when it comes to get rid of plaque and tartar.

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Use dental floss thoroughly and daily. Flossing removes residual food and beverages, as well as plaque and tartar between the teeth and along the gum line. You'll be able to find this product in pharmacies, drug stores and supermarkets.

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Use mouthwash to kill bacteria and prevent the accumulation of plaque and tartar. We should mention that there are special products that help fight and avoid the proliferation of plaque, which is why we strongly recommend them. Make sure you choose a fluoride based mouthwash without alcohol, especially if you already have gum disease. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

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Brush your teeth once a week with baking soda. Baking soda is a natural home remedy to remove plaque and prevent tartar. It also reduces tooth discoloration but its excessive use can result in tooth abrasion, so you shouldn't resort to this measure too often. Another home remedy you can use is sea salt.

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Rinse your mouth with a mixture of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide on a regular basis. The solution should be half water and half peroxide. This method eliminates bacteria, reduces plaque and tartar and works as a natural teeth whitener. For natural teeth whitening tips, check our article how to whiten teeth at home.

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Visit the dentist regularly. You should visit your dentist twice a year for a check-up and teeth cleaning. This is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

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Eating fruit and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C such as melons or celery will help prevent the formation of plaque. In a similar way figs and spicy food will help create more saliva and will therefore help remove tartar and plaque.

Coconut oil is one of the ingredients that is highly beneficial to dental health, discover its benefits in our article.

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This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes each time and pay special attention to the back of your teeth because they're harder to reach and keep clean.
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