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Plaque is a layer consisting of saliva, bacteria and food particles that remains on your teeth. It is very important to remove this plaque. If it is left behind, it will eventually lead to tartar and other oral problems. Fortunately, there are several ways to remove this plaque. You can use a water flosser, a regular toothbrush or mouthwash to remove plaque.
Plaque is not always visible. It can make you think that your teeth are clean when in fact they are not. Want to know how much plaque you have? You can use a plaque indicator in the form of a special dye tablet. The dye only remains on the areas with plaque. This way, you can immediately see where your teeth are not clean enough. If you don’t remove the plaque in time, visible spots may appear. This usually starts with grey plaque on the teeth, but these spots can get progressively darker. Eventually, black spots appear on the teeth. These are caused by food colouring which is not brushed away in time.
To prevent dental problems, it is very important to prevent a build-up of plaque. But how can you remove plaque? There are several ways to keep your teeth clean.
How can you remove plaque? A flosser is a useful device for cleaning those hard-to-reach areas between your teeth. How does a flosser remove plaque? By using a jet of water you can easily reach those tricky spots. It is important, however, that you use the flosser correctly, otherwise you run the risk of driving the plaque deeper into the gums. It is therefore important to read the instructions carefully before using the flosser for the first time. When used properly, a water floss machine can be effective in removing plaque and can even work against extreme plaque.
The plaque on your teeth can also be removed with a toothbrush. This can be a regular toothbrush or an electric one. At first, the bacterial plaque is not very attached to the teeth, so brushing gently can be very effective. Keep in mind, however, that a toothbrush cannot reach the hard-to-reach places. It is therefore difficult to remove plaque from the back teeth, for example, making it not the ultimate plaque remover. Combine tooth brushing with other methods of plaque removal.
Regular use of a mouthwash can help prevent plaque from forming on teeth. The mouthwash can kill the bacteria in your mouth, which makes you less likely to get plaque. Do you use a mouthwash? Then it is important to use antiseptic mouthwash, otherwise it has little effect.
Oil pulling is a lesser known way of cleaning your teeth, but some say it is very effective at removing plaque. The technique dates back to ancient India and is simple, but time-consuming. Oil pulling involves rinsing your mouth with a little oil for about 15 minutes. This can be coconut oil or sesame oil. By moving the oil slowly through your mouth, it gets to all the hard-to-reach places and takes away bacteria and food particles. Oil pulling can therefore be a supporting method for removing plaque and tartar.
Brushing your teeth is an effective part of your oral hygiene routine when it comes to removing plaque build-up. To make this part even more effective, it is recommended that you use a special anti-plaque toothpaste. This is even more effective at removing plaque on the teeth. Don’t forget to brush your gums as well, as plaque can also stay on or under your gums. Want to brush for a long time? Then choose toothpaste tablets or plaque tabs instead of anti-plaque toothpaste from a tube.
Frequently asked questions
How to remove plaque?
There are several ways to remove plaque. Brushing your teeth should always be part of your brushing routine. You can also use a water flosser or mouthwash. The earlier you start, the easier it is to remove plaque.
Why Remove Plaque from Your Teeth?
Plaque is soft, but when it builds up it becomes hard and turns into tartar. Tartar is difficult to remove and can eventually lead to cavities and other dental problems. To prevent this, it is important to remove the plaque from the teeth in time.
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