While you may already know that plaque buildup can lead to gum disease, you may not know it can also be dangerous for the rest of your body, with links to diabetes and heart disease. Along with your normal dental hygiene routine, try using the following easy tips for naturally removing plaque buildup on your teeth and potentially preventing future overall health issues.
Chew On And Brush Your Teeth With Sesame Seeds
This first tip involves chewing on and then brushing your teeth with sesame seeds. When chewed, these small, abrasive seeds scrape the plaque off your tooth enamel, while their smooth surfaces polish it. The seeds' abrasive quality is enhanced when a toothbrush is used after you chew them.
Make sure you ask your dentist before using this remedy if you have any crowns or fillings. Rubbing the seeds into the dental work could cause damage, such as scratching the crowns or dislodging the fillings.
Measure out 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds in the palm of your hand. Then, place them in your mouth, and chew on them for about a minute without swallowing. Once the minute has passed, use a dry toothbrush and gently scrub the surface of your teeth for an additional minute.
Spit out the seeds. Then, rinse your mouth with water, and brush your teeth as you normally do.
Treat Your Teeth With Mashed Up Strawberries And Baking Soda
The second tip for removing plaque is a treatment using mashed up strawberries and baking soda. Strawberries contain malic acid that helps soften and break down the plaque. When mashed up with the seeds and mixed with baking soda, these abrasives gently remove the softened plaque.
To make the treatment, remove the stems, and use a fork to mash up two medium-size strawberries, including the skin and seeds. Add a half of a teaspoon of baking soda to the berries, mixing it in thoroughly.
Use your finger to spread the treatment onto your teeth's surfaces. Leave it on for about a minute, and then rinse your mouth with warm water.
After using this treatment, it is important to thoroughly rinse your mouth and brush your teeth afterward. While the malic acid does soften and help remove plaque, it could start to eat into and break down the outer layers of your teeth's enamel if left on for too long.
Chew On Carrots Or Celery Sticks Shortly After You Eat A Meal
This last tip simply involves chewing on carrots or celery sticks after you eat a meal. While munching on these crunchy vegetables, they naturally scrape away any food residue left on your teeth after you eat. This also removes the top layers of any stuck-on plaque. When done two or three times a day, any new plaque has trouble forming while the older plaque is slowly worn away.
Within an hour after you eat a meal, chop up two 1-inch long carrot or celery sticks. Chew on the first stick slowly and deliberately, concentrating on each area of your mouth. Swallow or spit out the first one, whichever you prefer, and rinse your mouth with water. This concentrates on removing any food particles left over from your meal.
Then, slowly chew on the second stick for about a minute. Swallow or spit it out, then brush your teeth as normal.
Using one or more of the above tips to remove plaque on a daily basis can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, if you start having any symptoms of gum disease, you may want to see your dentist for an examination and discuss their recommendations for treating the disease and preventing any further deterioration of the tissue.