How to Remove Plaque at Home

Removing plaque at home on a daily basis lessens your chances of tartar buildup and experiencing more serious dental problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath. Healthy dental habits, such as brushing for two minutes twice daily and flossing after every brush, can help you prevent the harmful effects of plaque buildup. If you have kids, remember: It’s never too early to help them learn good oral care.

Manual brushes can be effective. But Oral-B® Electric Toothbrushes make it even easier to brush the dentist-recommended two minutes and remove 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.

Remove 22% More Plaque with Oral-B than Sonicare*

This easy at-home routine, along with using Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes, can help ensure you’ll keep your mouth healthy for a long time to come.

  • Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. That means each quadrant of your mouth gets 30 seconds of brush time.
  • The Oral-B in-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when it’s time to switch quadrants
  • As you’re brushing, make sure to hit all areas of the tooth. Some people find that they get the best clean going tooth by tooth.
  • When you’re finished brushing in each quadrant, be sure to brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria. Then turn the electric toothbrush off while the brush is still in your mouth.
  • Rinse your bristles and place the brush handle upright on your countertop to let them air dry.

Watch the Step-By-Step Routine

How to Remove Tartar Buildup

If you don’t remove plaque from your teeth with proper flossing and tooth brushing, you are increasing your risk for developing a cavity and tartar buildup. Cavities are among the most common dental problems in people around the world, but good oral care, including proper flossing, can help prevent them.

And don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups for a professional cleaning and to identify problems before they become serious. If your dentist identifies tartar buildup or a cavity early, he or she might recommend a series of fluoride treatments to help restore or re-mineralize the demineralized tooth enamel and help prevent the need for a filling. Fluoride treatments can be in the form of a gel, rinse, foam or varnish. The fluoride product is placed on the teeth for a short time and is incorporated into the tooth structure to make enamel harder and more resistant to demineralization (break-down).

Tartar buildup bonds strongly to enamel and can only be removed by a dental professional. If you start seeing any signs of plaque or tartar buildup, be sure to seek treatment immediately. Only a dentist can remove tartar, but you can proactively prevent it with a good brushing regimen utilizing Oral-B® Electric Toothbrushes.

The Oral-B PRO 5000 even removes 22% more plaque than Sonicare Diamond Clean.*