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How to remove plaque buildup

Updated November 21, 2016

Plaque is the waste product of bacteria in the oral cavity and can build-up on teeth if not attended to properly. Humans have developed many different ways to remove plaque from teeth and avert poor dental hygiene. Without proper plaque management, tartar forms on the teeth. This tartar is hard to remove but can be done with some home remedies. If the plaque build-up is too much for you to handle you need to consult a dentist.

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  1. Brush your teeth when you wake up and before you go to bed. Use a toothpaste that contains anti-plaque and anti-tartar agents.

  2. Eat spicy foods. Spicy foods cause your mouth to increase its production of saliva which promotes healthy gums, fights tooth decay and removes plaque build-up.

  3. Apply vitamin C directly to your teeth. Rub tomato and strawberry juice on your teeth and let the juice soak for five minutes. Wash the juices off with warm water and baking soda.

  4. Rub an orange peel directly on to your teeth before you go to sleep. Leaving the peel on your teeth overnight will cause your teeth to be exposed to more amounts of vitamin C and remove more plaque build-up.

  5. Eat an apple one hour after eating a meal.

  6. Use homemade mouthwash. Mix 120 ml (1/2 cup) of baking soda to 240 ml (1 cup) water, add 6 ml (1 tsp) of aloe vera gel and 24 ml (4 tsp) of vegetable glycerine. Add 10 drops of lemon essentials to the homemade mouthwash and mix well. Use regularly to remove plaque build-up.

  7. Consult a dentist. If the build-up of plaque is too much for you to handle, ask a dentist to look at your teeth and suggest alternate treatments.

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Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste with anti-tartar and anti-plaque agents
  • Spicy foods
  • Tomato juice
  • Strawberry juice
  • Orange peel
  • Baking soda
  • Apple
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Vegetable glycerine
  • Lemon essentials

About the Author

Based out of Florida, Stanley Washington has been writing since 2007. He has contributed to the "Orlando Sentinel" as well as various online publications. Washington is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Florida.

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