Maintaining healthy and strong teeth is one of the easiest things you can do if you dedicate just a little time to cleaning each day. With a bit of self-discipline, you'll be able to big dental issues, minimising dental costs and ensuring you maintain your white teeth without the need for more serious dental care.
Plaque and Tartar
Tartar and plaque are probably phrases you have heard about a lot in the world of oral care. Plaque is a build-up of bacteria on and around the teeth. Plaque can cause bad breath, like the kind you get in the morning. If left untreated by simple brushing, it can solidify and turn into tartar. Tartar is like a hard, yellowish cement of calcified plaque. It isn't pleasant to look at and needs to be removed by a dentist using scraping or a powered stream of water. If left for too long it can lead to issues with the gum line and cause things like gingivitis. Luckily, this doesn't just happen overnight, and by following simple recommendations, you can keep the tartar at bay with regular soft brushing. In fact, you don't need to have a hard-bristled brush and scrub very hard. Gentle but short and quick movements will clean off the plaque easily.
What Can You Use Instead of Mouthwash?
Coconut oil is a fantastic product and one that can be used for a number of different health and medicinal things, such as acting as a good quality moisturizer. It has long been used as a quality replacement and alternative to mouthwash because it possesses strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. To use it, spoon some into your mouth and swill it the way you would with mouthwash. Try to draw it through the gaps in your teeth to ensure it covers all the different nooks and crevices. By killing off the bacteria in this way, you also have the potential to whiten your teeth because yellowing can be caused by bacteria. At first glance, coconut oil seems expensive, but a little goes a long way and it's becoming more readily available in most supermarkets. You can even combine it with a gentle exfoliant such as baking soda to create a paste that resembles toothpaste. This works surprisingly well and may even be able to replace your teeth whitener and act as a supplement to your fluoride-based toothpaste.
For more information, contact a dentist.
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