Does the picture above remind you of yourself when you look in the mirror?
If so then you need to read on and find out how to remove tartar from teeth at home. It’s really simple and works for most. But before that lets take it back to the beginning and talk about what tartar actually is and how it is formed.
What Is Tartar and Can It Be Removed?
Tartar is formed when plaque has built up too much and hardens into the brown solid state as you can see from the picture. It’s also referred to as calculus and mostly forms above and below the gum lines. It is very rough and porous and if not treated adequately will lead to more severe types of gum disease such as periodontitis.
Here is a video which visually explains the process of tartar build up. hope this clears things up a bit more:
What Are The Main Reasons For Tartar build up
There can be several contributing factors that will cause tartar build up. these are:
- Poor food choices – It’s not surprising this is first on the list, we know junk food and especially the ones packed full of sugar are extremely damaging to the teeth. Bacteria love to feed on sugar that is stuck to the teeth and that leads to a build up of plaque and if not treated properly will become tartar.
- Poor Oral Hygiene – This is another big factor and the majority of people will be the first to admit this. The most common pattern i see is people are only brushing their teeth in the morning and before they go to bed, and even that is too much for them as 90% only brush half the the amount of time than the actual recommended 2 minutes. Not to mention the fact that flossing, tongue cleaning and mouthwash go completely out the window.
- Poor brushing technique – This is leading on from the previous point. 90% of people don’t know how to brush, they literally just brush in one motion rather than circular motions and the force they use causes irritation to gums. This is quite common when using manual toothbrushes. Electric Toothbrushes on the other hand reduce all the problems mentioned above, they are designed to do all the work for you. All you have to do i place the brush on the teeth and let the brush do the rest. It’s a worthwhile investment if you ask me.
- Lack of professional care – I dont know about you but i was terrified of visiting the dentist when i was young and incidentally these are the years were my teeth started to suffer. I know alot of other people who are in the same boat. BUT we need to realise that without regular visits to the dentist, our teeth will never get better. It is CRITICAL!
Going To The Dentist OR DiY Treatments?
In my opinion this is a no-brainer. You need to be utilising both aspects to reach your maximum teeth health potential. Go to the dentist and get your teeth cleaned and more importantly get advice on how to keep tartar away.
They might suggest some things you can try that will help in this matter so make sure to listen properly. If the suggestions they mentioned did not work that’s when you can go ahead and start utilising some of the home treatment methods. There will be that one method that does the trick. It’s the law of averages.
Home Treatments That Actually Work
1. Baking Soda
If you search around for tartar removal, you will find that nearly every source will put baking soda on it’s list. The reason being it works, SIMPLE.
It neutralises the acid and bacteria in the mouth and with the added bonus of giving you brighter, whiter teeth which isn’t a bad thing. It’s also backed up by a study carried out in 2008 which concluded that baking soda powder was better at eradicating tartar than non baking soda products.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 2 teaspoons of baking soda also known as (bicarbonate). dip your wet toothbrush in the mixture and brush your teeth normally but gently. Don’t scrub too hard.
- If you want to go the extra mile you could try mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. dampen a toothbrush and brush your teeth with the mixture. rinse your mouth thoroughly after you are done.
Use this method 2 times per week but not everyday. the baking soda can cause damage if used excessively.
2. Oil Pulling
This is another popular technique that people have had a good experience with, i haven’t personally used this myself but i think it is excellent based on other people’s experiences.
Coconut oil has been proven to have great antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties which make it great for your teeth.
- Get 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and swirl it around in your mouth for 10 – 15 mins. Do not gargle or swallow it
- Spit it out but not down the drain as it will clog up the pipework, just dispose of it in the bin.
- Brush your teeth as normal afterwards.
- Repeat every morning before consuming any food.
There are other remedies such as aloe vera and white vinegar but i want to keep it simple for you guys. Try these 2 treatments first and let us know how you are getting along. If it’s working then great, carry on but if they don’t work then leave a comment and we will give you alternatives.
If i post all sorts of natural remedies now you are more likely to get information overload and be confused as to which one to try out. Starting out simple is the first step.
Final Thoughts And Essential Tips
Tartar removal is a tricky business because it sticks to teeth so vigorously and becomes rough and hard. If your tartar build up is sky high then a visit to the dentist is your best bet.
Once they have cleaned your teeth and removed unwanted plaque and tartar, this is when you try one of the mentioned home remedies and see how it works. If the results are good then you need to incorporate this into your weekly routine.
Doing it this why will give you the best possible results and also keep tartar at bay.
The other thing i strongly recommend is an electric toothbrush. It removes 100% more plaque than normal manual toothbrushes, yes they might be a bit pricey but it’s an investment in to your oral health. You can’t put a price on that.
I truly believe if you act upon the advice i have given in this article you will be in a much happier place in a few months time. As always if you have any questions or concerns leave a comment below and we will get back to you pronto. 🙂