Oral health and hygiene is of utmost importance for the health of the teeth and as well as for the overall body health.
The teeth are being attacked by plaque which is a colorless, sticky film of bacteria that builds up on their surface. It needs to be removed on time as if not it will accumulate and then harden into tartar thus leading to gingivitis, or inflammation of the gum tissue.
In order to prevent such thing from happening you can introduce the use of certain natural remedies which are safe for use and very effective.
In this article we shall present you an effective natural remedy that will quickly remove the plaque from your teeth. This remedy is based on the use of coconut oil and baking soda.
The coconut essential oil offers so many benefits and among all of them is the amazing support of the oral health. It contains powerful properties that can provide you with that shiny white smile.
On the other hand, baking soda is very effective in whitening the teeth and as well as removing plaque. It can lower the number of harmful bacteria due to its ability to neutralize the acids in the oral cavity.
As per the released 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry baking soda paste or powder showed higher efficacy in removing plaque from the other non-baking soda products. The results were given from the analysis of 5 clinical studies.
Note that an excessive use of baking soda may damage the teeth enamel, therefore make sure to use it moderately.
Here is the recipe for the powerful natural paste that can prevent plaque formation:
DIY Natural Toothpaste
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin (unrefined) coconut oil
Optional use: A few drops of your favorite essential oil (like for instance peppermint oil)
Just mix the above listed ingredients in a bowl till you get homogeneous paste. You can add a few drops of some essential oil of your own preference.
Apply some of the paste on your toothbrush and with it brush your teeth as usual, two times a day.
Other Natural Recipes for Plaque Removal
- Just use a little bit of baking soda on a wet toothbrush, and with it brush your teeth. After the brushing part, rinse the mouth with lukewarm water.
- Combine 1 teaspoon of baking soda with some hydrogen peroxide and thus create a paste. Use this paste to brush your teeth and gums. After that, spit it out and rinse your mouth.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of salt, and then use this paste to brush your teeth.
The Oil Pulling Method
This method has been proven to be very efficient in maintaining proper oral health and offering white pearly teeth.
Coconut oil is the best oil used for this method as it offers many benefits due to its powerful content. It is a great source of medium chain fatty acids, from which 50% are lauric acid. This acid contains potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which efficiently remove plaque and bacteria in the mouth. The use of this oil will prevent the occurrence of foul breath as well.
According to the released findings of a conducted study, involving 60 participants in the age range of 16-18 years old, the 1-month use of oil pulling showed magnificent results. Namely, the levels of plaque and gum diseases had drastically decreased after one week of using oil pulling. These findings were published in the Nigerian Journal of Medicine in April 2015.
How to perform oil pulling:
Take 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in the mouth, but do not swallow or gargle it just swish it everywhere in your cavity for 15-20 minutes. After this period of time, make sure to spit it out as in it is the all bacteria absorbed from the gums and teeth.
Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water, and then brush the teeth. Repeat this method daily, and after one week you will notice that your teeth are gradually becoming white.
Likewise, you can try a simple method by applying some coconut oil on your toothbrush or a clean cloth, and then start rubbing it gently.
You will be amazed by the fantastic results which will become so visible that everyone will want to know what your secret is for such healthy and white teeth.