Plaque is a sticky, soft film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth, dental fillings, gums, tongue, dentures and crowns.
When multiple layers of plaque combine with minerals present in your saliva, it hardens into a white, chalky calcified substance called tartar.
It create a breeding ground for the oral bacteria that feed on sugars from the food you eat. Plus, it forms acid during this process that breaks down the tooth enamel, leading to dental cavities. Bacteria also produce toxins causing various periodontal (gum) problems.
Several factors contribute to plaque buildup, such as improper oral hygiene, bad brushing technique, poor food choices, heredity and lack of professional care.
Maintaining dental hygiene is key to preventing plaque and tartar buildup. You should:
FOCUS ON BRUSHING MOVES
– Brush your teeth with a good toothpaste at least two times a day. Use a soft, nylon brush with rounded, polished bristles. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line.
– Make sure you brush your tongue as well because it supports growth of bacteria leading to plaque buildup.
– Use dental floss regularly to clean your teeth and gums.
As to MotherNature.com the baking soda removes plaque. Put a bit soda on damp brush and scrub. Also add a bit salt to this.
Vinegar, both white and Apple Cider, is effective for getting rid of plaque and can help whiten your teeth. Vinegar is highly acidic and it’s the acid in it that kills the plaque-producing bacteria in your mouth. Happily, it also will improve your breath!
Now vinegar is not pleasant tasting, but don’t let that turn you off. There are a couple of different ways you can use vinegar in your dental hygiene regimen.
First, you can simply dip a cloth, cotton ball, or q-tip in vinegar and apply it to the surfaces of your teeth.
Next, rinse your mouth with water and brush as usual. Secondly, you can make a paste by combining two parts vinegar to one part baking soda. Use this combo to brush your teeth. Then rinse your mouth with water and brush with regular toothpaste.
Or, you can rinse your mouth with a combination of vinegar and water. Use two teaspoons of vinegar and one-quarter cup of water. Swish it around in your mouth for thirty seconds and then spit it out. Follow this up by brushing your teeth as normal. Because of its acidic nature, it’s important to thoroughly brush your teeth after using vinegar.