Stubborn Plaque? Here’s How to Deal With It

Are you experiencing a ‘fuzzy,’ rough sensation on the surface of your teeth and around the gum line? It can be rather irritating, can’t it?

Most of us will experience plaque or tartar at some point in our lives, usually when we get a bit… ahem… lazy with our oral health. And we say that with zero judgment because we’ve all been there!

As we’ve mentioned in many of our previous articles, it takes as little as 24 hours for plaque to form into hard calcified tartar, so those fuzzy sensations are actually a great warning sign for you to take action.

What does it mean to have plaque?

Your mouth is a thriving ecosystem, that consists of bacteria that are mostly aerobic – meaning that they rely on oxygen to survive. The bacteria form a thin, protective, clear, and odorless film, which can make your teeth feel squeaky clean when in a well-balanced state. 

When imbalanced, this biofilm transfers into a thick, sticky, and smelly film, commonly known as plaque. This happens as a result of eating sugary or processed foods, where the bacteria in your mouth produce an acid that combines with saliva to form bacteria deposits, which collect where the teeth and gums meet. When the plaque-forming strains of bacteria get organized, this is when they cause problems.

Within a day or so, the plaque starts absorbing minerals from the saliva transforming the soft biofilm into hard calcified mineral deposit, that’s harder than bone and cemented tightly to the surface of the teeth, usually along the gum line. 

This hard calcified plaque is known as tartar (or dental calculus), which, if left untreated, becomes an acidic depository of bacterial waste that can begin to erode tooth enamel and cause lesions in the gum tissue, allowing pathways for bacteria to enter and infect the gums.  Plaque and tartar that persist on the sides of the teeth infect the gums between the teeth, infect the gums between the teeth, leading to recession, in which gaps start to appear.

So what can we do to stop plaque in the first place?

How to stop and prevent plaque 

Our nutrient-rich 2 in 1 all-natural tooth and gum powder is jam-packed full of vitamins and minerals that help control the population of plaque-producing bacteria. Good-Gums includes the ingredients peppermint and cinnamon, which act as mild antimicrobials, and baking soda, which buffers the acidity, making the oral environment less favorable for plaque-producing bacteria to multiply.

Cranberry, another property of Good-Gums, helps to loosen the grip of plaque so that it can be more easily removed during brushing and flossing. 

The ingredients in Good-Gums are specifically designed to help your body heal itself naturally. After using Good-Gums, you’ll have greatly reduced plaque and tartar formation, your teeth will feel cleaner after each use with no scummy feeling, and your dental appointments will be quicker and easier. Sound good?

Click here if you’d like to give our herbal tooth powder a try.

Along with using our herbal plaque-busting formula, it’s important to be diligent with your oral health regimen. 

PractiCes to get rid of plaque

Tooth brushing

It goes without saying, but tooth brushing is an essential practice for breaking up plaque that has built up on tooth surfaces. 

Brushing with Good-Gums uses a slightly different technique than brushing with toothpaste. Toothpaste relies on the abrasives in it to grind away plaque, which can be quite harsh on tooth enamel, whereas Good-Gums doesn’t have any abrasives added, but instead uses herbal ingredients that soften bacteria’s adhesive grip so that the toothbrush can more easily remove the plaque.  

When brushing with Good-Gums, we recommend using a soft toothbrush, which can be used to massage a dissolved solution of Good-Gums into the plaque and into the gums as well, so the brush can clear away loosened debris.

Electric toothbrushes can also be used with Good-Gums, which conveniently almost always come with soft bristle heads. 

Mouthwash 

As soon as Good-Gums is dissolved in the mouth, the healing power of nature is released creating an instantly activating oral rinse. The vitamin-rich, saline-neutral, pH-balanced formula goes to work straight away bathing your whole mouth in bacteria-fighting, gum-soothing, and nutrifying liquid.

For more details on how to use Good-Gums as a mouth wash, take a look at our page, “Ways To Use” and scroll down to the section titled, “2-IN-1 GOOD-GUMS – THE 100% NATURAL MOUTHWASH.”

Flossing

Flossing is a vital practice for removing plaque. If done properly, flossing can disrupt plaque that has formed on the narrow sides of the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.

Flossing with Good-Gums helps loosen the plaque while it scrapes the plaque away and carries the solution under the gum line. 

To get the best out of your flossing technique, check out our blog, “To Floss or Not to Floss?

Interdental brushes

A way to remove even more plaque is with an interproximal brush, also known as an interdental brush. They are small plastic or wire rods with small bristled heads designed to clean in between your teeth. 

Dissolve a small pinch of Good-Gums in your mouth, swish it to a section of teeth and move the interdental brush in and out between teeth where the gums are.

Oral irrigators

An additional way you can take control of plaque is by using an oral irrgitator. Common brands of oral irrigators include Hydrofloss, Waterpik, and Viajet.  Oral irrigators help get to small bits of plaque that are left behind by the above processes.

You can have healthy teeth and gums – for life!

Our goal for you is to have fully restored, healthy gum tissue firmly reattached to your teeth, tight gum pockets, no inflammation or irritation, soreness, infection or bleeding, and certainly no troublesome accumulation of plaque—ever again!

And as thousands of our customers can testify, with Good-Gums, it’s absolutely possible!

That’s why we recommend that you consistently use Good-Gums in the ways mentioned above, so your teeth and gums continue to benefit from our combination of effective natural ingredients.

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