For those who do not like the idea of another person’s hand in their mouth to clean their teeth, choose to be your own dentist. Here are some tricks to remove tartar buildup at home, without that trip to the dentist.
It should be noted that there can be serious issues with tartar, the calcified material that forms on teeth, and it can cause gum disease, cavities and even tooth loss if extreme cases occur. Gingivitis and bone damage can occur. Even heart disease has a connection with tartar and extended issues with your teeth. Therefore, keep these potential problems in mind when treating at home and visit a dentist if the problem goes beyond your efforts to control it.
A tablespoon of baking soda, mixed with a pinch of salt, can help both with teeth whitening and also with the removal of tartar. This can be used by getting the toothbrush wet and dipping it into the mixture, then scrubbing teeth well.
The ingredients found in tartar-control toothpaste are helpful in fighting the tartar present on your teeth and preventing more tartar from forming. Triclosan is an antibiotic included in some tartar-control toothpastes, and this antibiotic fights bacteria that are found in the mouth.
Toothpaste with Fluoride
Fluoride strengthens teeth, so having toothpaste with fluoride helps the tooth enamel by strengthening it and helping it fight the effects of corrosive drinks or food. It also protects against certain bacterias that tend to be responsible for the formation of tartar.
In order to keep your teeth healthy, the best proactive option is to use a soft-bristle toothbrush after each meal. It also is a good idea to use the brush at a 45-degree angle and make sure you cover all the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing and the use of mouthwash are wise choices for your oral hygiene regimen as well.
Aloe Vera Gel and Glycerine Scrub
A cup of water with one half cup of baking soda and one teaspoon of aloe vera gel can be mixed with 10 drops of lemon essential oil and four teaspoons of vegetable glycerine. This mixture can be used daily to clean your teeth and help remove tartar. It should be stored in an air-tight container in a safe location.
This is a very simple way to address tartar. Take an orange peel and rub directly on the teeth. This will help fight the tartar if it is left overnight without rinsing. The orange peels can be ground and made into a paste, which can also be applied to the teeth. Eating fruit and vegetables like a carrot, celery or an apple an hour after a meal is also helpful in cleaning off tartar and preventing new from forming. This also strengthens the gums.
These methods can help save your teeth and even have the added bonus of providing healthy nutrients when you consider the consumption of fruits and vegetables. These all can keep your dental visits to a minimum, something everyone would like to accomplish.