Tartar can lead to the discolouration of your teeth and the brown and yellow stains can be both unpleasant to look at and bad for your oral hygiene in general. Without the help of a dentist, there are natural, effective and safe methods to remove tartar build-up from the comfort of your own home with materials you probably already have.
What is Tartar?
Tartar is the hard calcified deposits that form a coating on the teeth and gums. It is formed when naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth mixes with elements of food particles to form a sticky film known as plaque. When the plaque is left untreated, it then hardens and discolours, forming into tartar.
Tartar is terrible for your oral hygiene as it leads to decay of teeth by building up and growing bacteria that will eat away at the lining of your teeth known as the enamel.
Natural Tartar Removers
Brushing with Baking Soda
Brushing with baking soda is a safe and effective way to remove tartar. Baking soda can remove tartar without damaging the enamel. Toothpaste that contains baking soda may be more effective at reducing the amount of tartar in the mouth than traditional toothpaste. Baking soda also protects against demineralisation, which is a chemical process that removes calcium from tooth enamel. Baking soda also has antimicrobial properties that may prevent tooth decay.
White vinegar is known to remove the buildup of tartar. Mix white vinegar in a glass with warm salt water and then gargle the solution daily to remove tartar that has formed between the teeth and the gums.
Take the inside of an orange peel and rub it along your teeth and your gums or make a paste from mashing the bits inside the peel and mixing them with water. Just apply the paste with a toothbrush. Vitamin C cuts through tartar as well as killing bacteria growth on the teeth.
Prevention is key
The best way to stop tartar forming is to prevent it before it starts. This can be done by avoiding sugar as this can form the sticky film which coats teeth and aids microbial growth in the mouth. You also need to practice good oral hygiene at home.
The easiest way to remove tartar is to brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and the evening. You should consider using an electric toothbrush, which is proven to be more effective at removing tartar than a traditional brush in most cases.
Flossing first will remove pieces of food and tartar from between the teeth and hard-to-reach areas. After flossing, the toothbrush will remove tartar on the surface of the teeth.
Eliminating tartar is not only a necessity for whiter teeth but also for keeping teeth healthy and strong over time.