Food and beverages that you take leave behind residue that creates a sticky film on the surface of your teeth. Bacteria adhere to this film and feasts on the sugars from your diet, creating an acidic environment. If left uncontrolled, the acidity will break down the enamel of your teeth, causing thinning and cavities.
Poor oral hygiene causes plaque to harden and form tartar. It’s a yellowish, opaque layer commonly seen at the base of your teeth, right along the gumline. Your gum tissue will become irritated and sore, possibly even bleed whenever you brush your teeth. This is a sign of gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal or gum disease.
How can I control plaque?
Because plaque is often challenging to see, most of us don’t give any notice on our oral hygiene until we see tartar and gum irritation. The best way to control plaque is by promoting good oral hygiene practice. To control plaque and prevent tartar from forming, you should:
- Brush twice daily – Brushing after breakfast or upon waking up helps remove plaque formed due to stagnant saliva while you sleep. Brushing before you sleep helps remove all the food residue in your mouth, reducing the debris that bacteria will thrive on.
- Take time with brushing – a 30-second brushing is not enough to remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. Dentists recommend that you spend 2-3 minutes brushing your teeth to clean out plaque thoroughly. Spend about at least 10 seconds per tooth to make sure that you cover every surface and crevices.
- Floss – flossing helps remove food debris stuck between teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. A study showed that flossing helped to lower the incidence of periodontitis.
- Don’t rely on mouth rinses – plaque is sticky and will not wash out no matter how strong your mouthwash is.
Swishing with mouthwash only helps to thin down plaque to make it easy to brush and floss off. Always follow plaque-removing mouth rinses with a good brushing and flossing.
Does activated charcoal remove plaque?
Activated charcoal is a highly adsorptive material capable of drawing particles to its porous surface. Once the activated charcoal comes in contact with plaque, it will suck it to its surface, helping you remove it from your teeth. Also, plaque forms in an acidic environment. Activated charcoal balances the pH level inside your mouth, making it less desirable for plaque to form.
As you brush your teeth with Actinera® Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Gel, you’ll remove the plaque layer by layer. As a result, you have cleaner teeth without worrying about unsightly tartar forming on your teeth.
Actinera® Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Gel also contains whitening properties. It takes with it stains along with plaque, leaving your teeth pearly white. It also has tea tree oil which is known for its anti-bacterial properties. Your mouth will feel cleaner and fresher all day long.
Activated charcoal can help you control plaque and get whiter teeth at the same time. Use it twice daily, and you’ll see the result in two weeks. What did you notice after regular use of Actinera® Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Gel? Please share your experience with us!