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Do you see your once pearly white teeth covered in a firm film of ugly yellow? If yes, that’s tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a common problem with people who do not observe a good oral hygiene. Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on your teeth, dental fillings, gums, tongue and dentures. Multiple layers of this plaque if untreated slowly turns into tartar.
Not only tartar makes your teeth look ugly, but it can create a breeding ground for the oral bacteria that feed on sugar from the food you eat. The acid produced in this process breaks down the tooth enamel, leads to dental cavities and produces toxins that cause gum problems like gingivitis and periodontitis.
The most common factors that lead to plaque build up include improper oral hygiene, inefficient brushing, poor food choices, hereditary and lack of professional care. In order to prevent the building up of plaque and tartar on teeth, you must:
- Brush your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after meals.
- Clean your mouth thoroughly with water after partaking dairy products and sugar based foods.
- Clean your tongue too, as a dirty tongue can lead to bacteria build up.
- Use dental floss regularly to clean teeth and gums.
- Consume plenty of fruits rich in Vitamin C, and munching on fruits like apples, figs, musk melons, and vegetables like carrots, celery stick, etc.
- Avoid eating foods with starch and sugar as they promote the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Also, to avoid junk food.
- Drink 2-3 liters of water to wash out any food articles in the mouth.
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco as they help accumulation of tartar on teeth and gums.
Now, see this is all about preventing plaque. But, what if you already have a stubborn build up of tartar on teeth? You should see a dentist. Professional teeth cleaning can help with removing the plaque and tartar that normal brushing and flossing can’t.
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However, there are home remedies for removing plaque and tartar build up. Here are a few simple and natural ways to prevent and remove tartar on teeth to deal with plaque problems:
Brush With Baking Soda And Salt
Two simple ingredients that are found in every kitchen. Take a tablespoon of baking soda, add a pinch of salt to it. Slightly wet your toothbrush and dip into this mixture. Now, brush your teeth with the mixture, let it remain for a few seconds and rinse. It removes tartar and whitens the teeth.
Use Aloe Vera Gel And Glycerine
Take half a spoon of baking soda, half spoon of aloe vera gel, 2 drops of lemon essential oil/fresh lemon juice, half spoon of glycerine. Mix them thoroughly and scrub your teeth with it. If unfinished, you can store this mixture in a container for future use.
Rub Fruits And Orange Peel
After brushing your teeth in the night, rub the orange peel directly on your teeth and leave it overnight. It helps remove the tartar on teeth. Also, fruits rich in Vitamin C like strawberries and tomatoes help fight tartar. Rub them on your teeth and keep them for 5 minutes without rinsing or drinking water. Rinse off with warm water.
Use Coconut Oil Paste
As surprised as you might be, virgin oils can be used to fight tartar. Make a mixture out of two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil and baking soda. Dip a toothbrush in the mixture and brush your teeth with it.
You can also use the age old Ayurvedic procedure of oil pulling with cold pressed coconut, sesame, sunflower seed, flaxseed or olive oil to fight plaque and gingivitis. All you need to do is take two tablespoon of oil when you wake up in the morning on an empty stomach. Swish the oil around your mouth, covering teeth, gums, tongue for about 15-20 minutes. Do not swallow the oil as it contains toxins. At the end of the time, when you spit it out, you will see the oil has changed colour.
Chew Sesame Seeds
Calcium rich sesame seeds can remove tartar from teeth. Chew a handful of sesame seeds. Do not swallow them, just chew them slowly. Brush your teeth with a dry toothbrush while the seeds are still in your mouth. This acts like a scrub polishing and removing the tartar on teeth.
Get rid of that tartar on your teeth and claim back your pearlies using the above methods.