Although I'm sure you love to go to the dentist, you might see plaque and tartar building up before your next visit and here is a healthy way to keep the nasty stuff from growing so fast.
What You Need To Know About Plaque and Tartar
Plaque contains bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. As plaque forms and is not removed by proper brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar — sometimes called calculus — which is calcified (or hardened) plaque that attaches to the enamel on your teeth, as well as below the gum line.
Bigger problems arise, however, if plaque stays on your teeth and hardens into tartar. Tartar, also called calculus, forms below and above the gum line. It is rough and porous and can lead to receding gums and gum disease.
This Practice Can Help
This is a practice that has been getting more recognition in recent years but it has been around for hundreds of years. Oil Pulling supports oral health and helps remove plaque from teeth. Extra-virgin coconut oil is great for oil pulling because it is high in lauric acid that has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
Baking soda, is a great home remedy for removing plaque. It neutralizes acids in the mouth, thereby reducing the amount of harmful bacteria. It also helps whiten and brighten your teeth.
Clove oil has been found to do the job that fluoride is promoted for but without the health risk. The Indian Department of Public Health Dentistry recently conducted a study that evaluated clove’s ability to slow tooth decalcification (“dental erosion”) compared to eugenol, eugenyl-acetate, fluoride and a control group.
Not only did clove oil lead by “significantly” decreasing decalcification, it was observed that it actually remineralized teeth. This study highlights, yet again, that the so-called benefits of fluoridating our water supply and mainstream dental products is not worth the risk.
All this may be more of an ordeal than you are used to doing with your teeth but don't find out the hard way that it is worth it. I wish I had known the importance of doing more than just brushing before I lost some really important molars so all I can say is, be wise about taking good care of your teeth. ~~Karen