One of the most common dental problems everyone faces is the formation of plaque on teeth. But there are simple ways you can ensure to keep it away.
Maintaining your pearly whites is a more difficult task than you can imagine. As much as it is required to flaunt a confident smile, oral hygiene is an important part of maintaining your overall health as well. Other than causing cavities and gum problems, poor oral health has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, according to Healthline. One of the most common dental problems everyone faces is the formation of plaque on your teeth. You can be the best at brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing every day. But even you may have not been able to escape plaque formation.
Plaque is the yellowish formation that forms on your teeth. It is actually "a community of living microbes surrounded by a gluey polymer layer." A biofilm of sorts. When the plaque does not get removed on a regular basis, it starts to accumulate on your teeth to form a thicker layer of minerals from your saliva and hardens. This is called tartar. While you can tackle plaque, tartar can only be removed with the help of a dental professional. Tartar can form in hard-to-reach places that even you can't reach with your everyday flossing. So it would be best to visit a dentist regularly to help keep your teeth clean.
But there are simple ways you can make sure to keep the plaque away. Brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and after eating sugary food can be a good start. Flossing once daily can also help remove any plaque build-up from your teeth and prevent tartar from forming along with preventing bad breath, tooth decay, and gum diseases. Additionally, Medical News Today lists very simple ways in which you can get rid of plaque and tartar from the comfort of your home. Here are some ways you can maintain your clean teeth.
It goes without saying. It is the most basic habit you can have to ensure good teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), spending the right amount of time engaged in appropriate home oral care is undoubtedly essential. This includes: brushing your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes and cleaning between your teeth, that is, flossing. Making sure you consume healthy food and limiting the intake of sugary foods can also greatly benefit your overall health as well as your teeth. Using a refreshing mouthwash and rinsing your mouth with it will also help.
Using toothpaste with baking soda has many benefits. It can get rid of plaque without damaging the enamel. Additionally, baking soda is also known as a teeth whitener. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, baking soda was considered ideal dentifrice because not only is it inexpensive, abundant in supply, highly biocompatible, but it also exhibits specific antibacterial properties to oral microorganisms. It also has low abrasivity and is effective in plaque biofilm removal.
"This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine [a traditional Indian system] that dates back 3,000 years," Jessica T. Emery, DMD, owner of Sugar Fix Dental Loft in Chicago told WebMD. "It involves swishing approximately one tablespoon of oil -- typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil -- in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out." It has been proven effective in not only combating plaque but also helps against gingivitis and microorganisms that cause bad breath. "Most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell," Emery explains. "Cells are covered with a lipid, or fatty, membrane, which is the cell's skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, a fat, they naturally adhere to each other."
If you find that you have an excessive plaque build-up, these preventive measures may not be enough. Visiting a dentist would be the best way to start your oral hygiene journey in such a case.Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.