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How to Remove Dental Plaque at Home

Effective Methods For Removing Dental Plaque At Home

Although you might not think about your teeth every day, they are very important.  If you do not brush them regularly and well it can lead to significant plaque buildup, along with harmful gum diseases, bad breath, and more.

Dental plaque is a sticky, soft film that over time can build up on your teeth due to microscopic bacteria inside of your mouth.  If you don’t take care of your mouth properly, an excessive amount of dental plaque can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.  John Powers ( one of the top local dentists recommends the following are some of the most effective methods for removing dental plaque at home.

Use The Proper Brushing Technique

Brush your teeth for a full two minutes.  Use gentle, short strokes (but not overly vigorous scrubbing).  Pay very close attention to your back teeth, gum line, and other areas that are hard to reach.  Also, brush your tongue to keep your breath fresh.  Replace your toothbrush every three months.


Flossing on a regular basis can be a very effective way of removing the buildup of plaque on your teeth.  It also helps to lower the risk of developing gum disease and cavities while promoting a healthy mouth.

Oil Pulling

This process helps to remove plaque buildup and also prevents the formation of more.  Use an oil, such as extra-virgin coconut oil, as it contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce mouth bacteria.  Swish one tablespoon of melted coconut oil inside of your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to not swallow or gargle it.  Spit out the oil and then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth.  For best results, repeat daily.

Baking Soda

Dip your damp toothbrush into some baking soda and then just brush your teeth. This simple trick is actually very efficient in removing hard tartar and plaque.  After brushing your teeth, spit the baking soda out and repeat the process for around five minutes. Then rinse your mouth out with a cap full of warm water and hydrogen peroxide mix. Also, rinse with plain water.  Perform this procedure as needed, or around once a week in order to cut down on the buildup of plaque.


Hard cheeses such as cheddar or Swiss help your body with producing alkaline saliva, which fights plaque bacteria.  It also forms a protective layer surrounding your teeth so that the build-up of acid is prevented and can help to re-mineralize your teeth with phosphates and calcium.

Aloe Vera

This plant is very effective at eliminating plaque and bad breath as well. It is an antimicrobial as well which means it is very effective at killing harmful bacterial inside of your mouth before there is a problem. Slit an aloe vera leaf open to extract its pulp.  Or you can buy Aloe vera gel at a health food store. Directly apply the paste to your gum line and teeth, and be sure to rub it in thoroughly.  Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then use cold water to rinse out your mouth.  For best results, repeat two times per day.

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