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Preventive Dental Care - Apex Dental Rock Hill

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How to Remove Plaque on Teeth

Preventative dental care can help prevent plaque buildup. Make sure to:

Brush thoroughly at least twice a day for two minutes, ideally with tartar control toothpaste, to remove plaque from all surfaces of your teeth Floss every day to reduce plaque and tartar build up from between your teeth and under your gum line Avoid sugary or starchy foods Schedule regular dental visits for professional cleaning

Dental Tartar

Dental Tartar Symptoms

Dental tartar forms below and above the gum line. This tartar is rough and porous, and lead to receding gums and progressive gum disease, resulting in irritation and damage. It must be removed with tartar removal tools.

What color is tartar? Unlike plaque, tartar is a buildup that can be visible above the gum line, bringing a yellow or brown color to the teeth or gums.

How to Remove Tartar from Teeth

The only foolproof way to detect and remove tartar is to visit your dentist for an oral cleaning checkup. Your dentist will be able to perform heavy tartar removal with a special tartar removal tool. However, if you’re looking for ways you can proactively prevent and avoid tartar buildup yourself, these home remedies may assist in removing plaque from your teeth.

#1 Baking soda

To remove dental tartar:

Combine a teaspoon of baking soda with your toothpaste. Apply the mixture to your toothbrush and brush your teeth. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. Repeat twice a week.

#2 White vinegar

Another great way to remove dental tartar is to use white vinegar as a mouthwash. To create this: Take half a cup of water and add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and half a teaspoon of salt. Stir well. Use twice daily to rinse your mouth.

#3 Orange peel

Did you know that orange peels can prevent tartar build up on your teeth? Simply follow these steps:

Take a peel of orange and rub it on your teeth. Leave the juice on for two minutes. Wash your teeth. Alternatively, make a paste from the orange peel and scrub it on your teeth, rinsing with warm water. Repeat this ritual twice or thrice a week.

#4 Aloe Vera and Glycerine

Despite its bitter taste, aloe vera can work wonderfully for removing tartar from your teeth.

Combine one teaspoon of aloe vera gel with four teaspoons of glycerin, five tablespoons of baking soda, lemon essential oil, and a cup of water. Mix these ingredients well. Scrub your teeth with this gel. Repeat once every three to four days.

#5 Vitamin C paste

Did you know that when vitamin C reacts with the bacteria in your mouth, it naturally cleans it?

Combine fruits with strong amounts of vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries and tomatoes, to make your own super paste. Apply this paste to your teeth and leave for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

How Often Should We Brush Our Teeth?

As part of our essential preventative dental care, it is important to brush our teeth regularly with fluoride and a tartar control toothpaste to prevent tooth decay. Dentists recommend brushing our teeth at least twice daily and flossing after every meal. Anti-septic mouthwash can also assist in tartar control.


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