Everyone has plaque on their teeth, even the pearliest of whites! Plaque is the colorless, sticky film of bacteria which accumulates on the teeth. If left untreated, it continues to buildup and hardens into tartar, leading to gingivitis, or inflammation of the gum tissue.
Fortunately, there are several natural remedies which will prevent these issues in a completely safe and effective way.
Coconut oil is an extremely beneficial natural oil that offers a myriad of health benefits, including supporting oral health. Its potent qualities can help you prevent dental issues and maintain a healthy and white smile.
Baking soda is also highly effective in whitening the teeth and eliminating plaque. It reduces a number of dangerous bacteria as it neutralizes the acids in the oral cavity.
According to a 2008 study published in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry, which analyzed 5 clinical studies, baking soda paste or powder is far more efficient in eliminating plaque than all the other non-baking soda products.
Safety Note: Excessive use of baking soda might damage your enamel, so it is best to use it moderately.
Natural Recipe To Prevent Plaque Formation and Whiten Teeth:
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin (unrefined) coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (ex: peppermint oil) *optional
In a bowl, mix the ingredients until you get a homogeneous paste. If you like, you can add a few drops of some essential oil.