Tartar build ups in your mouth can be annoying. You may wonder why the tartar “comes back” even after your religious dental check ups and cleanings. For one you should know that the precursor of tartar, which is the ”plaque” is forming continuously in your mouth. Hence it becomes important to remove plaque regularly to prevent build ups in your mouth.

Here are some simple methods for plaque removal


Tooth brushing Is one of the simplest and the most commonly used methods of plaque removal. When tooth brushing is done properly, it is the most effective way of cleaning teeth. A minimum of 3 minute brushing is recommended twice daily for children and adults. You can use a manual brush, a powered brush, a wooden tooth brush or a neem stick to achieve plaque removal.

Tooth Paste

Tooth Pastes are an adjunct to tooth brushes. Tooth Pastes contain mild abrasives along with foaming, colouring and flavouring agents. Used in conjunction with a tooth brush, tooth pastes help in effective plaque control.

Tooth Powders

Tooth powders also contain mild abrasives for plaque control. They contain 95% abrasives and are more abrasive than the pastes.


Dental floss is an interdental cleaning aid. Floss is a waxed thread that is made specially to slide easily between your teeth for more effective cleaning. Flossing along with brushing is effective in plaque control.




Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes are cone shaped brushes mounted on a handle. These are helpful in cleaning wider gaps between your teeth.

Rubber tip stimulator

These help in gum massage thereby stimulating the “keratinisation” of the gums. Keratinization acts as protective layer of your gums. 


Antibacterial mouthwashes that contain medications like chlorhexidine help in maintaining oral hygiene in the absence of mechanical plaque removal. 

Oral Irrigation  devices

These devices work by directing high pressure stream of water through a nozzle to the tooth surfaces. The oral irrigation devices can be every effective in detoxifying the ares under the gums. These are also effective devices in delivering medication to deep seated gum infections.

Disclosing Agents

These are solutions or wafers that stain bacterial deposits. This helps you to see the deposits and motivates you to clean better. The solution has to be applied on your teeth with a cotton swab. Wafers are crushed between the teeth and swished around the mouth for a few seconds.