Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 09 Sep 2019 5 simple home remedi ...

5 simple home remedies for removing dental plaque

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | Edited by : DRISHTI VANJANI
Published Sep 9, 2019, 1:19 pm IST
Updated Sep 9, 2019, 1:22 pm IST
You can probably save yourself from a visit to the dentist.
Healthy teeth are always a good idea. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)
 Healthy teeth are always a good idea. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)

A person’s smile is one of their greatest assets. But with binge drinking, smoking and caffeine becoming a major part of our lives, our dental care routine seems to have been ignored. All of these inevitably lead to staining and poor oral health. In spite of the dentist’s trademark advices like “brush twice a day” and “floss and use a mouthwash”, we tend to very innocently choose callousness. Fret not; here are some simple home remedies for removing dental plaque:

1. Baking Soda

 

Baking soda has for long been used as a bleaching agent, not just for teeth, but skin as well. You can make a natural scrub and easily get rid of plaque. Take a tablespoon of baking soda and add a pinch of salt. Put the mixture on your wet toothpaste, and brush your teeth like you normally do.

2. Aloe Vera and Glycerine

Making a natural toothpaste at home is worth all the efforts. All you have to do is combine a cup of water, a tablespoon of aloe vera gel, 4 tablespoons of glycerine, half a cup of baking soda, and one tablespoon of lemon essential oil. Use this mixture as your normal toothpaste. Lemon and baking soda help in whitening your teeth, while aloe vera helps in removing stains.

3. Orange peel

According to Wanita Young, rubbing orange peel on your teeth is an excellent way to clean your tooth enamel. It’s an active ingredient that helps in fighting bacteria. Rinse and gargle with plain water after you are done scrubbing your teeth.

4. The vitamin power-pack

Mixing up fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C is an excellent way to tackle dental plaque. Get tomatoes, strawberries, and oranges, and mix the pulp together. Apply this paste on your teeth and let it stay for 5-6 minutes. Rinse off with plain water. It’s also a good way to get a nice, fruity breath and so, it solves the problem of bad breath as well.

5. Sesame seeds

Easily available in your kitchen, these actually make for quite an effective way to clean tooth enamel. Grab a handful of sesame seeds and chew them for about 5 minutes. Let them clean all the corners of your mouth. Spit them out after you’re done and use a dry brush to take out any remaining ones.

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