Everyone desires a bright smile with a flawless set of pearly whites. However, along with the aesthetic sense, you should also ensure that your gums and teeth are healthy and disease free.
Tartar and plaque are the most common dental problems faced by one and all, more so when dental care is inappropriate or ignored. Plaque is a thin sticky film that forms on the teeth and the gums and is comprised of bacteria and their products. If the plaque is not removed by regular brushing and dental flossing, it eventually gets hardened due to the calcium salts present in the saliva to form tartar on the teeth.
What Causes Tartar Buildup on Teeth?
Tartar begins to form at the edge of the gum line. As time passes, the tartar spreads under the gums, and covers the entire teeth. Tartar tends to build up on the gums and the teeth because of the rough surface.
Furthermore, it becomes easy for the plaque to get attached to the roughened tartar in comparison to the smooth enamel of the teeth. Consequently, it becomes difficult to remove from the plaque from the rough area of the tartar. Tartar can easily be spotted by its rough texture and yellow – brown coating on the teeth.
Besides giving an unattractive look to your teeth, tartar is also responsible for bad breath, periodontal diseases and eventually loss of teeth.
Preventing Plaque Build Up on Teeth
Plaque forms because of the food that we eat. It is the sugar and the starch that are mostly responsible for plaque formation. Lack of dental hygiene and flossing, improper technique of brushing and to certain extent heredity are held accountable as well.
In the first place, it is vital to prevent the formation of plaque and tartar. This can be achieved through good oral hygiene, brushing the teeth regularly, twice a day, once in the morning and once in the night after dinner.
Select a toothbrush with soft bristles that can go deep down in between the teeth and clean any stuck food particle. You should also floss teeth regularly as brushing alone may not be effective in cleaning in between the teeth. Cleaning the tongue is also an important aspect of dental care.
How to Remove Tartar from Teeth Naturally?
The best way to remove tartar from the teeth is to visit a dental specialist. Nevertheless, you can remove tartar from the teeth at home using certain home remedies.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth, gently, yet effectively.
- Mix salt and baking soda and brush your teeth to remove tartar from your teeth successfully.
- Your intake of vitamin C determines your oral health status. Vitamin C helps remove tartar from the teeth and keeps them healthy. Squeeze the juice of a lime in a bowl; dip your tooth brush in the juice and brush your teeth twice daily. Also, it is recommended that you consume loads of vitamin C rich foods such as: lemons, limes, oranges, bell peppers, papayas and berries.
- Sesame seeds are also effective in removing tartar. Chew them and then brush your teeth with a dry tooth brush. It helps to soften the tartar and eventually removes it within a few days.
- Tartar can also be removed at home with a hand instrument called a ‘scaler’.
- Brush your teeth with black tea powder. It is known to remove tartar from the teeth efficiently.