Dental plaque is a soft, sticky coating that accumulates on your teeth. Plaque is a colorless pale yellow biofilm that typically forms on the surface of your teeth over time. Bacteria deposits arise when saliva, food, and fluids contact the teeth and gums, creating bacteria deposits.
Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes helps in cleaning and preventing plaque build-up. Make sure to choose a fluoride-containing tartar-control toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss! Dental floss is the only way to eliminate plaque in between teeth. Finally, use an antiseptic mouthwash to help kill plaque-causing bacteria.
Dental plaques are more than just dirt stuck in between your teeth. There are a lot of things to understand about why it keeps on accumulating even with frequent brushes. Let’s get to some of the most commonly asked questions.
How Can I Remove Plaque From My Mouth Naturally?
Plaque is from accumulated bacteria that create acids that eliminate the enamel and harm your gums. The harm could become irreversible if not treated. In addition, it is home to millions of bacteria that feed on the food and beverages you consume daily.
Tooth decay, tartar build-up, and gum disease result from bacteria deposits that you fail to remove with brushing and flossing. So what can you do to at least lessen plaque build-up? Here’s everything that you need to know.
Brush your teeth regularly.
Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day because a 30-second brushing won’t get the job done for you. Instead, use a brush with soft bristles, which is small enough to fit in your mouth. Reach the difficult-to-reach areas behind your teeth and on your back molars as much as possible.
Brushing one’s teeth can help reduce plaque build-up, leading to dental cavities, which are holes that grow on the teeth and lead to tooth loss. Brushing also helps prevent bad breath, making it difficult for friends, coworkers, and family members to form deeper interactions with you.
Brushing your teeth is essential for preventing gum disease. Gum disease might develop if you don’t wash your teeth for numerous days. Brushing ensures the removal of plaque, which is the leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease, and the prevention of plaque production.
- Make sure to get a toothbrush with soft bristles and a form and size that fits well in your mouth. Toothbrushes exist in various sizes and shapes, ranging from tiny ones for children to enormous adult-sized heads. It should provide you with enough space to access all of the different areas readily.
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time is essential.
- If you just got a new toothbrush and the bristles are fraying quickly, you might be brushing too aggressively.
- Changing your toothbrush every three to four months is a good idea. A worn-out toothbrush is just as ineffective as trying to brush your hair with a hairbrush that doesn’t have suitable bristles.
- It’s essential to use toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. It guarantees that the toothpaste contains the proper level of fluoride. This ingredient can aid in the restoration of enamel damage. Some toothpaste contains triclosan, a bacterium-fighting chemical that attacks plaque bacteria.
Floss the plaque away.
Dental floss is a simple and efficient instrument that can be one of your best weapons in the fight against periodontal disease. Flossing should be a part of your daily routine as well. It helps you clean hard-to-reach spots that your toothbrush can’t reach and even little gaps between teeth.
Flossing is one of the most effective methods for keeping your gums clean and healthy. You only need to floss for about a few minutes each day, but those few minutes can add to a lifetime of good dental health. So make it a practice to floss your teeth regularly; your mouth will thank you.
Keep a healthy diet.
Sugary and starchy meals feed the bacteria in your mouth. When they come into contact with such foods, they produce toxic acids. Limit your intake of sugary foods and try to maintain a healthy diet. It also applies to snacks. You feed the germs in your mouth every time you eat. You don’t have to give up sweets or snacks between meals, but keep track of how often you indulge. Brush your teeth and drink lots of water before, during, and after each meal.
Avoid smoking and vaping.
Tobacco products contain chemicals that alter saliva flow, making it easier for oral germs to adhere to teeth and gums. As a result, filmy and bacteria-laden plaque can form on teeth and along the gum line. In addition, it can solidify into tartar, also known as calculus, a substance so hard to remove that it requires professional cleaning.
Gum disease or periodontal disease, which can destroy roots and cause teeth to fall out, is three to six times more probable among smokers. Even vape pods can irritate the gum tissue, loosening gums surrounding teeth and allowing germs to lodge in and cause damage.
Can I Scrape Plaque Off My Teeth?
While you might be wondering how to remove tartar from your teeth without a dentist’s help, expert assistance is recommended for a clean and precise job! A toothbrush will not be able to remove tartar once it has hardened into plaque.
“Do-it-yourself” tartar-removal cures like dental tool kits or “natural” therapies like strawberries, vinegar, or sesame seeds may tempt you. While these chemicals and treatments may be found in any grocery or drugstore, we recommend seeing your dentist before attempting at-home tartar removal.
How Long Does It Take For Plaques To Turn Into Tartar?
Minerals from your saliva are deposited into the plaque biofilm over time, causing it to harden and become tartar within the span of 24 to 72 hours. This is something that affects 68 percent of adults, so it is more common than you would think.
Only a dental professional can safely remove tartar build-up on teeth, especially if you wear braces or have crowds on your teeth. Individual sensitivity to tartar accumulation varies substantially. For many people, these deposits accumulate at a higher rate as they get older.
What Happens If Tartar Is Not Removed?
Tooth decay occurs when tartar is left untreated for an extended period. It’s also possible that you’ll develop extensive decay and lose your teeth. Even if you only lose one tooth, it can cause the rest of your teeth to become misaligned.
Tooth decay happens if you don’t care for your teeth, but some people have a higher risk of tooth decay. Here are some of the most prevalent reasons for tooth decay.
- Drugs, specific disorders, or cancer treatments.
- There isn’t enough fluoride in your diet.
- Bottle-drinking babies and toddlers are in danger, especially if they are fed juice or have bottles at bedtime. Thus, babies have high exposure to sugars for long periods.
- Many older persons suffer from receding gums and increased tooth wear. They increase the risk of decay on their teeth’ exposed root surfaces.
You usually don’t notice any symptoms of early tooth decay. However, tooth decay can lead to a variety of problems as it progresses, which includes the following:
- Having a toothache (tooth pain)
- Sweet, hot, or cold tooth sensitivity
- Stains on the surface of a tooth that are white or brown.
- An infection can lead to the formation of an abscess (a pus-filled pocket). Pain, face swelling, and fever are all symptoms of a spot.
Plaque accumulates due to poor dental hygiene. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on these meals, resulting in the production of acids. These acids eat away at tooth enamel over time, resulting in tooth decay. Plaque can also form on the dental roots beneath the gum line, causing the bone that supports the tooth to deteriorate.
Thus, it’s best to do regular brushing, flossing, and use mouthwashes. Then, visit your dentist at least twice every six months for deep cleaning. It helps in removing accumulated tartar in those areas where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Marisa Walker DDS
150 Middlefield Road., Suite 101, Menlo Park CA 94025