Maintaining good oral health is important for overall health and confidence. The two most common oral care problems are plaque and tartar. People are interested to know how to remove tartar at home but most of them don’t know the difference between tartar and plaque.
Difference b/w Plaque and Tartar
Plaque is sticky, colorless, soft substance that builds up around the gum line. It is a film of bacteria made up of food particles and saliva; and builds up on teeth every day. When multiple layers of plaque combine with minerals present in saliva, it hardens into a white, chalky calcified substance called teeth tartar. Tartar is also known as calculus.
Infections caused by Plaque and Tartar
Plaque hurts teeth and gums as it can cause cavities (because of the acids contained within it), periodontal diseases (inflammation and infection of the ligament and alveolar bone that supports the teeth) and gingivitis (inflammation of gums). Tartar is harmful because it is porous hard, and bacterial of different genera with different duties. It also causes cavities, gum diseases and tooth loss. If it is not removed, it will harden and calcify.
How to Prevent Teeth Plaque and Tartar
Luckily, plaque can be removed with daily brushing, flossing and rinsing. Teeth plaque forms within eight hours. So, make sure to brush teeth before bed too. Neglecting brushing and plaque leads to tartar on teeth which is hard to remove. Therefore, it is important to know how to remove tartar from teeth to prevent threatening oral diseases.
How to Remove Tartar
- Teeth tartar can be done professionally by scaling it.
- Tartar removal at home.
Home Remedies to Remove Tartar
Some home remedies for how to remove tartar and preventing it from growing further are as follow:
Brushing teeth properly after each meal prevents the formation of Teeth tartar. Always use a soft bristle toothbrush for brushing and brush at all angles, over all the tooth surfaces so that the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. Never forget to hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line.
- Use Orange Peel to Remove Tartar
Another home remedy to remove tartar is to rub orange peels directly onto the teeth. Leave it overnight without rinsing. Orange peels can also be made into a paste and apply on the teeth. It will helps to fight tartar forming microorganisms in the mouth. Use of orange peel is a cheap natural way to whiten the tartar stained teeth.
- Use Fluoridated Toothpaste
Fluoride strengthens the teeth and prevents dental cavities. This mineral makes the tooth enamel stronger so they are less likely to suffer from intake of acidic foods and drinks. Toothpastes having fluorides help to increase the concentration of fluoride in the teeth. Using fluoridated toothpaste helps to re-mineralize areas affected by decay and protects from bacteria responsible for tartar formation.
Use of Baking Soda Mixture to remove tartar
Baking soda is a weak base or alkaline powder that is used in a variety of cleaning applications. When it comes in contact with water, baking soda releases free radicals that attack teeth stains and help remove tartar and discoloration.
- Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a pinch of salt. Slightly wet the toothbrush and dip into the baking soda mixture. Scrub your teeth with the mixture and rinse off. This will help to remove teeth tartar.
- Dissolve the baking soda in water and add a few drops of white vinegar and a dash of salt. Dip toothbrush in the solution and brush normally for two minutes.
- Mix lemon juice with baking soda, apply to the teeth and let it sit for 2-3 minutes and then rinse with cool water. Try this once a week.
- Dip the toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and then dip it in baking soda. Rinse mouth well after brushing for two minutes.
- Munch Vegetables and Fruits
It is a great idea to munch an apple, musk melon, carrot or celery sticks. Chewing these fruits or vegetables one hour after meals is recommended for cleaning your teeth naturally. This not only removes any food particles, plaque or tartar on your teeth, but also strengthens gums.
Use Vitamin C rich Foods to remove tartar
To remove tartar apply the paste of Vitamin C rich fruits, such as tomatoes or strawberries to your teeth. Leave for 5 minutes. Rinse off the mouth with a mixture of warm water and baking soda. This helps to remove tartar and kills bacteria in the mouth. It is better if you regularly consume vitamin C rich fruits in your diet. It takes care of your oral health.
Conclusion: Even though the above “Home Remedies” help to remove tartar, at some point you should visit a Dentist for maintaining dental hygiene and a blissful and beautify set of teeth, flashing million dollar smile.