Did you know that even if you take great care of your teeth by regular brushing and flossing, you still have bacteria in the mouth? They mix with food particles and proteins to form dental plaque. This sticky film coats the teeth, gets under the gum line, and sticks to fillings. The bacteria it contains can lead to cavities and damage of the tooth enamel.
The good news is that removing this plaque on a regular basis helps prevent gum disease and permanent tooth decay.
Typically, the dentist removes tartar that clings to the teeth, which cannot be removed with regular tooth brushing. But, if you notice tartar between your regular visits, there is no need to wait. You can address this problem with various household products.
You will need:
- 1 toothbrush
- ½ tsp salt
- Baking soda
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1 toothpick
- antiseptic mouthwash
- Combine a little bit of water with the salt and baking soda. Brush the teeth thoroughly with this paste.
- Mix the hydrogen peroxide with water and rinse out the mouth.
- Rinse the mouth one more time, this time with plain water.
- At this point, the tartar will be significantly loosened, which will help you to remove it with the toothpick easily.
Press half a strawberry or a lemon rind against the tartar and hold for about ten minutes. This simple trick works wonders, as the acidity of the fruit dissolves the tartar and makes it easier to remove with a toothbrush.
Baking Powder Method
Mix some baking powder with a little bit of water to create a paste. This paste will not only brighten your teeth in an all-natural way, but tackle your problem with tartar too.
Tea Tree Oil Method
Dilute two drops of the oil in water and use it to clean the teeth. Simple as that!
- Brush the teeth on a regular basis, at least two times a day for two minutes a time. A 30-second scrub is not enough to prevent tartar or remove it. It is recommended to use a brush with soft bristles that is small enough to fit into the mouth.
- It has been scientifically shown that electronic toothbrushes are more effective in getting rid of plaque compared to manual models.
- Opt for toothpaste with fluoride, which helps repair enamel damage. Certain toothpastes contain triclosan, a substance that fights off bacteria in plaque.
- Dental floss is the only way to remove plaque between the teeth, no matter how regularly your brush!
- Don’t smoke! It has been scientifically shown that smokers or people who use other tobacco product are more likely to have tartar.
- Avoid sugary and starchy foods, as they release harmful acids. The same goes for snacks and any between-meals munches.