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Plague starts to form when debris is not immediately removed from the teeth. If left on the teeth, plaque will harden into tartar and may begin to decay the enamel of your teeth. Plaque is not easy to remove, however. The best way to remove plaque is to see a dentist, but there are some home remedies that can help you to remove at least some of the plaque in between dental visits.

Carefully Use Dental Picks

Dental picks can be purchased at many retail stores and pharmacies. Most kits come with soft rubber tools, metal tools, and a mirror. Use the mirror to locate yellow plaque on the teeth. Try to use the rubber tools regularly to remove plaque before it hardens all the way. Use metal tools if it is impossible to remove the plaque with the rubber tools, but be very gentle. Avoid touching the gums and be aware that scraping the teeth too hard could damage the enamel and cause cavities.

Use a Baking Soda Paste

Research suggests that baking soda may be effective for removing plaque. To use it, pour some into a cup or bowl and add a bit of water. Rub your toothbrush in the paste and brush your teeth with it. Be gentle when brushing and rinse thoroughly when you are done. Brushing with baking soda periodically may help to keep your teeth cleaner and healthier.

Rub Vitamin C Rich Foods on Teeth

Research suggests that vitamin C rich foods such as oranges, lemons, berries, tomatoes, and bell peppers may help to soften plaque so that it will come off the teeth easily. Rubbing these foods directly on the teeth, letting the pulp sit on the teeth for about five minutes, then brushing the teeth may be effective in removing plaque. This “home remedy” could work even better if used in conjunction with baking soda.

Prevent Plaque from Forming

While home remedies could help to remove plaque, preventing plaque from forming in the first place is the best way to keep the teeth and gums healthy. Brushing and flossing regularly removes most debris before it can harden.  Eating certain cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss before meals helps to neutralize some of the acids that are produced to break down food, which can protect the teeth and limit plaque formation.

Rinsing the teeth with water after eating can help to remove debris. Spicy foods and some chewing gum can stimulate saliva production, which will also help to rinse the teeth. Rinsing with a mouthwash can kill bacteria and help prevent plaque.

If you have noticed plaque on your teeth, a dentist can help to remove it and protect your teeth better than home remedies. Call 407-898-3471 to schedule an appointment to have your teeth cleaned.