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18 Amazing Home Remedies To Remove Tartar And Plaque From Teeth

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18 Amazing Home Remedies To Remove Tartar And Plaque From Teeth September 19, 2017

Oral hygiene is of utmost importance. If you already have plaque on your teeth, do not let the tooth pain, gum swelling, and increased sensitivity from this bacterial infection trouble you anymore. This article will talk about different remedies as well as tips to keep tartar and plaque at bay.

Brushing your teeth every day, proper flossing, and regular dental check-ups are important to maintain good oral health. Improper brushing can lead to plaque formation that, when ignored, forms tartar, a solidified form of plaque. This eventually leads to several other teeth and gum diseases. Simple negligence can cause tartar to build up on your teeth in a matter of a few months. Hence, it is important to know how to remove tartar from the teeth to keep away its symptoms and also to prevent other oral diseases.

 Read on to know about the remedies and the prevention tips.

How To Remove Tartar And Plaque From Teeth Using Home Remedies

  1. Brush Your Teeth Properly
  2. Use Fluoride Toothpaste
  3. Use Tartar Control Toothpaste
  4. Brush With Baking Soda Mixture
  5. Use Aloe Vera Gel And Glycerine Scrub
  6. Use Orange Peel
  7. Munch On Fruits And Vegetables
  8. Chew Sesame Seeds
  9. Eat Figs
  10. Use Electric Toothbrush
  11. Floss Regularly
  12. Gargle With Antiseptic Cleanser Or Peroxide Solution
  13. Use A Dental Pick
  14. Apply Vitamin C-Rich Fruits
  15. Eat Spicy Food
  16. Sanguinaria Extract
  17. Lemon
  18. Oil Pulling

Home Remedies And Prevention Tips For Tartar Removal

1. Brush Your Teeth Properly


Brushing your teeth properly after each meal prevents the formation of tartar. Use a soft bristled toothbrush for brushing, and brush at all angles over all the tooth surfaces so that the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. Remember to always hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.

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2. Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride toothpastes help to increase the concentration of fluoride in the teeth, which strengthens them and prevents dental cavities. Fluoride makes the tooth enamel stronger, and your teeth are less likely to suffer from the intake of acidic foods and drinks. Using fluoride toothpaste helps to remineralize the areas affected by decay and protect them from the bacteria responsible for tartar formation (1).

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3. Use Tartar Control Toothpaste

Using a tartar control toothpaste is extremely beneficial for the removal of plaque and tartar. There are a number of chemical ingredients, such as pyrophosphates, zinc citrate, fluoride, etc., present in such toothpastes. These ingredients prevent the build-up of tartar on the teeth (2). Some tartar control toothpastes are also found to contain an antibiotic called triclosan that is responsible for killing certain oral bacteria (3).

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4. Brush With Baking Soda Mixture

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • Toothbrush
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the baking soda and salt, and place this mixture on a wet toothbrush.
  2. Gently scrub your teeth with it.
  3. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this every alternate day for quick results. Once the plaque is cleared, you can continue to use this remedy once every 7-10 days.

Why This Works

Baking soda soothes the teeth and gums and exerts an antibacterial effect on plaque and tartar. This aids tartar removal and whitening of the teeth. Since baking soda is an antacid, it restores the pH balance in the mouth cavity (4, 5). Salt also has antimicrobial properties (6).

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5. Use Aloe Vera Gel And Glycerine Scrub

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerine
  • 4-5 tablespoons baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 cup water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients to a get smooth paste.
  2. Scrub your teeth with this mixture.
  3. Rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove all of the paste.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily until the plaque starts to go away. Then, use it once in 3-4 days until the plaque is completely gone.

Why This Works

Both aloe vera gel and baking soda possess antimicrobial properties. Aloe vera also contains antioxidants that can fasten the healing of the teeth and gums by removing any free radicals produced by the bacteria (7). Lemon essential oil is a wonderful antimicrobial agent that can be used to get rid of plaque and tartar-causing bacteria (8).

Caution

Do not use this remedy for a long period as glycerine can interrupt the remineralization process of your teeth.

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6. Use Orange Peel To Remove Tartar

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You Will Need

Orange peels

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a piece of the peel and rub it directly on the teeth for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Leave the juices on for 2-3 minutes. Rinse your mouth clean with water.

Orange peels can also be made into a paste and applied to the teeth. Leave the paste on for 1-2 minutes and then rinse it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

Orange peels help to fight the microorganisms in the mouth. This is a cheap and natural way to whiten tartar stained teeth (9).

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7. Munch On Fruits And Vegetables

It is a great idea to munch on an apple, musk melon, carrot, or celery sticks. Chew these fruits or vegetables one hour after your meals to clean your teeth naturally. This not only removes any food particles, plaque or tartar on your teeth, but also strengthens the gums.

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8. Chew Sesame Seeds

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Toothbrush
What You Have To Do
  1. Chew the sesame seeds but do not swallow them.
  2. While the chewed seeds are still in your mouth, brush your teeth with a dry toothbrush.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

These seeds act as a natural scrub. They clean and polish the teeth and help to remove the plaque and tartar.

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9. Eat Figs

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You Will Need

2-3 figs

What You Have To Do

Chew the figs slowly.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every day. Eat them especially after you have had a meal.

Why This Works

Consuming figs is another way of cleaning the teeth and strengthening the gums. The process stimulates the salivary glands and increases the secretion of saliva. This helps to cleanse the teeth and remove plaque and tartar.

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10. Use An Electric Toothbrush

Many dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush for brushing your teeth as it is better to use than the manual ones. It helps to remove the tartar and keep your teeth clean and bright.

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11. Floss Regularly

Flossing is an excellent way to remove the plaque and food particles between the teeth. Flossing the teeth on a regular basis after gargling prevents the formation of tartar and helps you maintain good oral hygiene. Floss cleans not only between the teeth but also between the gums, therefore keeping dental caries and gum diseases away (10).

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12. Gargle With An Antiseptic Oral Cleanser Or Peroxide Solution

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon antiseptic mouthwash
  • 3 tablespoons 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the two ingredients and gargle with this solution for a minute or two.
  2. Follow this up by gargling with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Both the mouthwash and hydrogen peroxide are antimicrobial in nature. This solution helps to loosen and remove tartar (11, 12).

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13. Use A Dental Pick

You can use a dental pick (available in stores) to remove hardened tartar from your teeth. With the help of a lighted magnifying mirror, locate the tartar accumulated on your teeth. Gently scrape out the tartar, spit, and rinse your mouth during the cleaning process.

Caution

This should be done with gentle care as picking deep into the gums may cause an infection.

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14. Apply Vitamin C-Rich Fruits

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You Will Need

A small tomato or a strawberry

What You Have To Do
  1. Chop the tomato or strawberry and make a pulp out of it.
  2. Apply this pulp on the teeth and leave it on for five minutes.
  3. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Both tomatoes and strawberries are naturally antimicrobial and help to remove tartar by killing the bacteria in the mouth (13, 14).

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15. Eat Spicy Food

Eating spicy food is another easy home remedy for removal of tartar. Spicy foods, such as salsa, increase the secretion of saliva by stimulating the salivary glands. This excess saliva generated in the mouth helps in cleaning the teeth and gums.

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16. Sanguinaria Extract To Remove Tartar From Teeth Roots

You Will Need
  • 3-4 drops sanguinaria extract (bloodroot)
  • A cup of warm water
What You Have To Do

Add the bloodroot extract to the warm water and gargle with this.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this mouthwash every day, preferably twice a day.

Why This Works

Bloodroot is a common ingredient in toothpastes as it is an antimicrobial agent and has been proved safe for use. It has been shown to be effective in reducing dental plaque and even gingivitis (15).

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17. Lemon

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Toothbrush
What You Have To Do
  1. Brush your teeth as usual.
  2. Wash your toothbrush and then dip it into the lemon juice. Gently rub this juice on your teeth and gums.
  3. Leave it on for a minute or so before rinsing your mouth with tepid water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every alternate day initially. You can continue to do it once in every 10 days to keep your oral cavity plaque-free.

Why This Works

Lemon’s acidic content is mainly responsible for its antimicrobial properties. It helps to dissolve and eventually remove the plaque and tartar (16). It also helps to whiten your teeth as it is a natural bleach (17).

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18. Oil Pulling

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You Will Need

1-2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Swish the oil around in your mouth for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Spit the oil out and rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

Oil pulling is also known as oil swishing. The basic principle behind the effectiveness of this method to get rid of plaque and similar infections is that the oil absorbs all the impurities from your oral cavity. Coconut oil also possesses antimicrobial properties that are effective against oral pathogens (18).

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Once tartar is formed, it is difficult to remove and prevent further build-up. These remedies might take a while to show results, but they will definitely work. It is very important to get rid of plaque and tartar before they can cause any more oral diseases. If tartar is not removed at the proper time, it may cause tooth decay and loss as well. Here are a few more tips you can follow to prevent plaque and tartar.

More Tips To Prevent Tartar

  • Schedule periodic appointments with your dentist for general check-up and teeth cleaning.
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush to safeguard the enamel and facilitate easy removal of plaque on the teeth.
  • Avoid smoking as tobacco is responsible for the accumulation of tartar under the gum line.
  • Avoid eating too much of starchy and sugary foods as these promote bacterial growth in the mouth. It is also better to stop junking on snacks during the day.
  • Drink a sufficient amount of water after each meal to wash out any food particles in the mouth.
  • Eat melon or apples after a meal as they help to clean teeth naturally and improve gum health.
  • Consume plenty of vitamin C-rich fruits as they improve your overall health as well as dental health.

Find below some commonly asked questions answered for you.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Why is tartar considered harmful?

If tartar is not removed, it keeps on accumulating and calcifying on your teeth and gums. It is hard and porous in nature, and this becomes a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Tartar damages the teeth and gums, which can lead to severe diseases like gingivitis, enamel damage, gum diseases as well as loss of teeth. Tartar can also impact bone health by causing bone degeneration or even heart disease in severe cases.

Why does tartar build up on the teeth?

Bacterial accumulation causes plaque to form on your teeth. If plaque is not cleared from the teeth, it hardens into tartar. Bad oral hygiene practices and a diet rich in starchy and sugary foods increase the chances of tartar build-up.

How long does it take for tartar to form on teeth?

On an average, it takes about 12 days for tartar to form from plaque.

What is the difference between plaque and tartar?

Plaque is a soft and colorless film on the gums, wherein the bacteria have started breeding and forming the biofilm. It can be easily removed with daily oral care. When this plaque is not cleaned regularly, it builds up to form a hard and porous yellowish substance around your teeth and gums. This can be very difficult to remove when compared to plaque removal.

Now that you know how to remove tartar and plaque from teeth, what are you waiting for? Plaque and tartar can be gotten rid of with the remedies in this article. However, it is important to keep in mind that tartar is adamant and can prove to be difficult to remove depending on the intensity to which it has calcified. The best prevention is through proper oral care, brushing vigilantly, and flossing regularly.

Have you ever been affected by tartar? What did you do for its removal? Do share your experiences on how you made it, either all by yourself or with professional help.

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