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 done properly, brushing is the most effective way to clean teeth. A minimum of 3 minute brushing, twice daily for children and adults is recommended. You can use a manual brush, a powered brush, a wooden tooth brush or a neem stick to achieve plaque removal.
Tooth Pastes are an adjunct to tooth brushes. Pastes contain mild abrasives along with foaming, colouring and flavouring agents. Some pastes can be medicated and have an additional benefit for your good oral health. Used in conjunction with a tooth brush, tooth pastes help in effective plaque control.
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 are cone shaped brushes mounted on a handle. If you have wider gaps between teeth, interdental brushes are very helpful cleaning aids in plaque removal.
Rubber tip stimulator
These help in gum massage thereby stimulating the “keratinisation” of the gums. Keratinization, which is a harder, 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 areas under the gums. These are also effective devices in delivering medication to deep seated gum infections.
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These are solutions or wafers that stain bacterial deposits. When you can see the coloured bacterial deposits, it motivates you to clean better. The solution has to be applied on your teeth with a cotton swab. Wafers have to be crushed between the teeth and swished around the mouth for a few seconds.