5 Natural Ways to Prevent Plaque and Tartar Buildup on Teeth

One of the best ways to maintain your overall oral hygiene is to prevent the buildup of plaque or tartar on your teeth altogether. Buildup forms quickly due to various factors and daily habits. Here are 5 natural ways that you can prevent plaque and tartar buildup on your own teeth for a healthy, gorgeous smile.

  1. brushing-2Brush regularly. You should be brushing your teeth at least two times each day. You should brush once in the morning when you wake up and once at night before bedtime. In addition, many people don’t realize that they should also be brushing after each meal. This one step can immensely improve your oral health. When you eat, food particles linger in your mouth which can eventually lead to tartar and plaque if left untouched for too long.
  2. Brush long enough. Too many people brush their teeth quickly without taking the time to make sure they reach all teeth and all areas. Often the molars and backs of teeth are skipped over, promoting the development of plaque and tartar buildup. If you have a hard time brushing as long as you should, try setting a timer for 1 minute to force yourself to continue brushing for that allocated time. You will be more thorough in your brushing and be able to target build up more effectively so that you can prevent it altogether.
  3. Floss your teeth. It is essential that you floss your teeth at least once each day to access those hard to reach spaces in between teeth. Often we focus more on the health and quality of our teeth where we can see them, but it is just as important to care for the parts that are not visible but still impact your oral health tremendously.
  4. Foods and DrinksStay away from acidic foods and drinks. These will eat away at the enamel of your teeth which never comes back! This weakens the tooth, making it more susceptible to plaque and tartar and poor oral health. Avoid eating excessive amount of tropical fruits like pineapples, stay away from soda or juices when you can among other high acid items.
  5. Avoid sugary foods and try to eat natural, unprocessed items instead. Foods that are high in sugars will not only damage your smile by leading to cavities, but they also stick to teeth, attracting plaque and tartar. If you do have a sweet treat, try to brush your teeth right away to prevent any damage!

All of these tips are safe, natural and simple ways to improve your oral hygiene and health while preventing plaque and tartar build up on your teeth. Brush regularly and thoroughly, floss daily, band avoid foods and drinks that are highly acidic or filled with sugar to improve your ability to deter build up and maintain your healthy smile. For more information on ways to prevent build up and protect your smile, be sure to visit your dentist annually such as a professional at Highway 78 Dental & Orthodontics.