People may not like to talk about it, but tartar build-up on teeth is a problem for many people. Tartar is a hardened plaque on the teeth. It can also develop in and below the gum line and irritate the gum tissue. Tartar allows the surface area of plaque to increase and creates a sticky surface that can lead to more serious conditions such as cavities and gum disease. Saliva, food, and liquids combine to form plaque that accumulates on the teeth and gums.
Although plaque is a colorless bacterial film, tartar is a mineral that can easily be seen on the top of the gums. The most common symptom of tartar is yellow or brown discoloration of the teeth and gums. Tartar is porous and stains easily, so smokers and coffee and tea drinkers avoid tartar formation.
How to prevent the formation of tartar
There are several reasons for the formation of plaque and tartar, including:
Irregular Brushing Habits: Brushing your teeth twice a day prevents bacteria build-up.
Bad diet – A diet high in sugar can completely destroy your teeth. Natural foods, including many fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and cucumbers, can help prevent plaque.
Avoid Flossing – Flossing can reach between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach.
Skip Going to the Dentist – It’s almost impossible to get rid of all the plaque on your teeth without going to the dentist. Regular cleaning will help prevent build-up.
Oral hygiene is very important to prevent the formation of tartar. Plaque starts to form 4-12 hours after brushing, so brushing at least twice a day is very important. Regular brushing and flossing can help reduce plaque and tartar build-up to prevent complications such as tartar, tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
Home remedies to fight tartar formation
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar (click here for International products) then brush your teeth as usual, followed by a mouth rinse. Use this remedy no more than 1-2 times a week, and be careful not to leave the apple cider vinegar on your teeth for too long.
Rub red fruits such as strawberries and tomatoes on your teeth to help remove tartar. Leave the juice on for about 5 minutes to soften your teeth, then rinse your mouth with baking soda and warm water for a bright, shiny smile. You can also use red bell pepper, berries, lemons and oranges.
- Baking soda
To remove tartar, instead of using regular toothpaste, mix it with a little baking soda and a pinch of salt. You can also make mouthwash as follows.
1/2 cup of water
2 tablespoons of baking soda
2 drops of tea tree essential oil
2 drops of peppermint essential oil
Place the ingredients in a glass container and use 1-2 times a day. Essential oils will work their antibacterial magic and prevent build-up.